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gallerytoursGuided Exhibition Tours

See Chicago’s past and present from new perspectives with guided or self-guided tours. They’ll give you the backstory and historian’s angle to help you get the most from these special exhibitions.

Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography

Soldiers and civilians, food and supplies, fuel and raw materials—everything moved by rail during World War II (1941–45). America’s railroads were critical to the war effort, and the Office of War Information assigned photographer Jack Delano the job of telling the nation’s rail story in pictures. He focused his lens on the railroaders who kept the industry running, the men and women whose demanding jobs and long hours demonstrated the sacrifices needed to win the war. During the assignment, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds in Chicago—the heart of the nation’s rail industry.

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Through May 11, 2014

Relive the experience of the Ebony Fashion Fair in this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Explore its fifty-year history and discover how Eunice Johnson overcame adversity to bring couture fashion to African American communities, while raising millions of dollars for charity. More than sixty garments, including works by Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Stephen Burrows, Yves Saint Laurent, and Patrick Kelly help tell the story of this world-renowned fashion show and its redefinition of American beauty.

Chicago: Crossroads of America

Discover the city's vast history in Chicago: Crossroads of America. Whether you want to explore the grandeur of the world fairs of 1893 and 1933, or Chicago innovations that changed the world like skyscrapers and modern retail, or the diverse neighborhoods and lively cultural scene, this exhibition is a must see!

Highlights of Chicago

Discover the city’s vast and colorful history on a tour of our permanent exhibition, Chicago: Crossroads of America.

Chicago’s World’s Fair

Experience the grandeur of the magnificent White City of 1893 and the rainbow-colored oasis created in 1933.

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 50 people for permanent exhibitions, maximum varies for special exhibitions

Duration: 50–60 minutes

Cost: $16 for adults; $14 for seniors (65+) and college students, plus $2 fee for Inspiring Beauty

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Curators Guided Tour

Get a first-hand account from one of our curators about his or her vision of a current exhibition’s scope and its development.

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 25 people

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Call 312.799.2162 or e-mail

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Self-Guided Tour

Learn all about Chicago history as you stroll through the galleries at your own pace. Audio tours of Chicago: Crossroads of America are available for $2 per person.

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 100 people

Duration: 2–4 hours

Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors (65+) and college students

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History Scavenger Hunt

How much do you know about Chicago? Test your knowledge with a scavenger hunt in the Museum. This tour is ideal for team-building or for a fun way to experience history.

Cost: $2 per person in addition to the self-guided tour fee

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Facing Freedom

Using images, artifacts and interactivity, this exhibition explores familiar and not-so-familiar stories from the nation’s past where Americans have struggled over the true meaning of freedom.

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