Chicago History Museum IL
The Chicago History Museum is the city's oldest cultural institution, founded as the Chicago Historical Society in 1856 by leading entrepreneurs to help develop their frontier town into a balanced city. Nationally recognized for its major collections, the Museum specializes in the diverse and evolving history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history.
Permanent and special exhibitions, a dynamic website, publications, research guidance to the collection, and educational programs are offered to the public. Each year, more than 200,000 individuals and 50,000 school students visit to view exhibitions, participate in education and school programs, and engage in research.
The Chicago History Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets documents, images, and artifacts related to the history of metropolitan Chicago and the United States. Its mission is:
To expand audiences for history;
To be a leader in history education;
To be a premier research institution.