Chicago museums appeal to both visitors with a checklist of major cultural highlights and those who are after something different. Choose Chicago have put together three little known museums that bring visitors even closer to the city’s history and culture.
For those who wish to delve deeper into American military history, Pritzker Military Library illustrates the history of the forces through the eyes of a citizen soldier and houses more than 35,000 books, posters, photographs, videos and other artefacts such as military medals and weapons. Admission costs US$5 (approximately £3.20) and entry is free for library members and those with an active military ID.
Heading over to the Near East, visitors can absorb the history, art and archaeology on display at the Oriental Institute Museum, a free research organisation and museum with galleries devoted to Ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia and the ancient site of Megiddo. The museum was founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted and is part of the University of Chicago.
Returning to the heart of the Windy City, visitors can gain further insight into Chicago’s history and wander around Glessner House Museum, a 17,000 square foot modern castle once home to John Glessner, a prominent and influential businessman with an active role in the city’s civic affairs.
Groups can tour the castle and its courtyards home to art collections and decadent furniture. Admission is free on a Wednesday and prices start from US$10 (approximately £6.42) for adults, US$9 (approximately £5.77) for students and seniors and US$6 (approximately £3.85) for children from Thursday through till Sunday.
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