Day At The Museum

Museum Day Live lets you visit Chicago attractions for FREE on September 21

Sponsored by Smithsonian magazine, Museum Day Live is the day each year (Sept. 21) when you can visit a select museum for free across the nation with a special ambassador ticket from their website (www.smithsonianmag.com). Here are our picks for some of the best options in Chicago to spend your day.

ADLER PLANETARIUM

A whole galaxy awaits at the Adler, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing this year. Check out the Grainger Sky Theatre and domed cafe with quite the view.

AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM

Recently opened, the American Writers Museum on Michigan Ave. is devoted to the works of our nation’s best scribes. Currently on display: "Bob Dylan–Electric" celebrates the poetry of the cultural icon.

DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

As one of the oldest institutes celebrating African American culture and history, this stunning landmark building offers exhibits such as the “Harold Washington Story” and “Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality.”

INTUIT: CENTER FOR INTUITIVE AND OUTSIDER ART

This is not your typical art museum; rather, the 1,200 works uncover self-taught art, or that which is un-influenced by mainstream culture.

NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM

Located in Greektown, this newly renovated museum honors the contributions of this ancient culture and modern-day Greek Americans with 20,000 artifacts.

PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM

Presented by the Chicago Academy of Sciences, this Lincoln Park gem connects kids with nature through exhibits like “Birds of Chicago” and an incredible butterfly haven.

Selena Fragassi
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