The Chicago Cultural Center houses free art and shows in an 1897 Beaux-Arts building with vaulted lobby, mosaics and, two stained-glass domes.
The Field Museum of Natural History, aka The Field Museum, is one of the largest such museums in the world and it maintains its status as a top natural history museum through the size and quality of its cultural and scientific programs, as well as its extensive scientific specimen and artifact collections. The distinct, high-quality permanent exhibitions, which attract up to two million visitors annually, ranging from the earliest fossils to past and current cultures from around the world to interactive programming demonstrating today's urgent conservation needs, is named after its first major benefactor, Marshall Field.
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, it hosts every year nearly 1.5 million visitors; its collection stewarded by 11 curatorial units is broad, and includes iconic works such as Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, and Grant Wood's American Gothic. Its perpetual collection of nearly 300,000 works of art is expanded by more than 30 unique expositions regularly mounted throughout the year that illuminate aspects of the collection and present cutting-edge curatorial and scientific research. As a research institution, this institute also has a conservation and conservation science department, five conservation laboratories, and one of the most extensive art history and architecture libraries in the country.
The Adler Planetarium is a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics with interactive exhibits and high-tech sky shows, the lakefront views are a bonus.
The Museum of Science and Industry is a sprawling, hands-on museum full of informative, child-friendly scientific and industrial exhibits. It's located in the Hyde Park neighborhood between Lake Michigan and The University of Chicago.