Chicago History Museum

This museum explores the history of Chicago from the time of Lincoln through the 20th century. Chicago: Crossroads of America has something for everybody with artifacts, dioramas, and stories about the city’s history. Visitors can see a Pioneer Locomotive, paintings, vintage clothes, toys, historical documents, and much more as they learn about the city’s history, culture, and challenges. A new exhibit, The Secret Lives of Objects, features items that were witness to unique, important, and odd moments in history. Gallery activities for youth groups encourage them to think critically about the past.
Contact Info
Address: 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614. Cook County. Tel: 312-642-4600. Website: Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9:30AM-4:30PM, Tues. 9:30AM-7:30PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM.
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.