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Chicago is famous for its many museums. Whether you’re seeking art, history, animals or science, you can find a museum that will open your eyes and expand your mind. Chicago is also one of the greatest places to visit with kids for this reason too. Many of the museums here offer fun, interactive exhibits which teach kids new and exciting things without even realizing they’re getting a lesson in history or science. Going to a museum is one of the top \things to do in Chicago, and you’re not going to want to do it without your kids!

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Field Museum of Natural History
Home to Sue the T-Rex, the world’s most complete T-Rex, Chicago’s Field Museum is a must see attraction for both kids and adults. The museum holds tons of educational exhibits, and a few hours here will turn into the best history less your kids could ever hope for! There are hands-on exhibitions, dinosaur skeletons, artifacts from Ancient Egypt like mummies and hieroglyphs,  a large taxidermy collection and a Family Play Lab for everyone to explore and learn together. The museum is located on Chicago’s Museum Campus, right next to two of the other attractions your kids will probably have to see while you’re here too: The Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. This could easily turn into a full day (or entire trip) of learning at some of Chicago’s top attractions.

Shedd Aquarium
After, or before, your trip to the Field Museum, head over to the Shedd Aquarium to see some live animals! This is the largest indoor aquarium in the world, and the 5 million gallons of water here house of 32,600 animals! This award winning aquarium attracts over 2 million visitors a year, and some of the most popular animals here include the Beluga Whales, Sea jellies, octopus, turtles and the acrobatic dolphins.

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Adler Planetarium
This planetarium and astronomy museum in Chicago is the oldest of its kind and houses 35,000 square feet of models of the solar system, ancient instruments and exhibit galleries that give you an inside look at the universe we live in. There are three full-size theatres that offer eight shows to choose from while you’re here. The museum is engaging and fascinating to children and adults of all ages! Many of the younger kids enjoy all of the hands-on activities that give them an even better idea of the solar system’s many phenomenons.

Museum of Science and Industry
This museum is located away from some of the other, in the Hyde Park neighborhood between The University of Chicago and Lake Michigan. This is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, with everything from full-sized replicas of a coal mine to the Apollo 8 spacecraft that successfully carried the first man to the Moon! Here, you and your kids can also see a German submarine from WWII, a model railroad, the Pioneer Zephyr and there are always tons of temporary exhibits to see as well, so every time you come there’s something new to learn about. While there’s lots to learn about here, the museum offers more than just the look and read options. Kids enjoy all of the hands on , interactive exhibitions that allow everyone to get up close and personal with science.

Many of these world-famous museums attract travelers from all over! While all of these museums are top attractions for adults, they also provide an educational and fun activity for children and families.

This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of ChicagoTraveler.com.