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Chicago History Museum

The Chicago Historical Society is the city’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1856 by Chicago's leading entrepreneurs to help develop their frontier town into a balanced city. Renamed the Chicago History Museum in 2006, the institution maintains the strong tradition of excellence begun at its creation. 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 260,000 individuals and 64,000 school children visit the Chicago History Museum to view exhibitions, participate in public 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 share Chicago’s stories, serving as a hub of scholarship and learning, inspiration and civic engagement.