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30 Must-See Museums: Chicago

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Experience a piece of history at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

The Field Museum
The Field Museum of Natural History bears the name of its first major benefactor, Marshall Field, founder of Chicago’s legendary department store. It is part of the 57-acre lakefront Museum Campus that also includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. The three institutions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and provide heavy competition to the neighboring Art Institute of Chicago, which many a child gladly skips to make a beeline for the Field.

Its encyclopedic collection is as wide-ranging as evolution, ancient Egyptian funerary customs and Plains Indian life, but 67-million-year-old Sue—the world’s biggest and best preserved tyrannosaurus rex, named after the paleontologist who found it—seems to get all the attention.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
, Springfield, Illinois
Opened in 2005, the museum has the largest repository of Lincoln artifacts anywhere. It’s as much respectful theme park as engaging museum, where you can experience the president and his tumultuous times in a personal and interactive way.

The 16th president was born 200 years ago in Kentucky, spent his youth in Indiana and lived in Illinois from 1830 until 1861.

Several other historic sites are just blocks away: the Old State Capitol, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices and Lincoln’s home. 

Duly Noted:
This year, for his bicentennial, a nationwide celebration along the loosely organized.

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