Museums in Des Plaines


Wonder Works: Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Wonder Works

Oak Park

Studio, stage, forest exhibit, building station, fantasy village, and storybook castle welcome hands-on exploring from children and toddlers

$12 $7

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International Museum of Surgical Science: Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$30 $15

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Chicago History Museum: Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Multiple Locations

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $8

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Museum of Broadcast Communications: Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

$24 $12

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APR Pullman Porter Museum: General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Chicago

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation’s first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Lincoln Park

Nature museum hosts living and educational exhibits on the natural world including a butterfly haven and a native prairie.

$18 $11

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Elgin History Museum: Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin’s rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

$12 $8

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The Gold Pyramid: $18 for a Tour for Two at The Gold Pyramid ($30 Value). 26 Dates and Times Available.

$18 for a Tour for Two at The Gold Pyramid ($30 Value). 26 Dates and Times Available.

The Gold Pyramid

Wadsworth

Built as a private home in 1977, the 17,000 sq. ft. pyramid features statues, a moat, a three-pyramid garage, and Egyptian-style furnishings

$30 $18

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Geneva Lake Museum: Geneva Lake Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Geneva Lake Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Geneva Lake Museum

Lake Geneva

Museum fills historic Power & Light building and replicates Lake Geneva Main Street of late 19th and early 20th centuries

$14 $7

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  • Kohl Children's Museum
    With more than 23,000 square feet of public space, Kohl Children's Museum gives its young visitors plenty of rooms in which to play. The kid-focused facility houses 16 permanent exhibits for infants and children up to 8 years of age, each filled with hands-on activities designed to encourage learning and exploration. City on the Move helps children learn about Chicago by challenging them to build city scenes from geometric shapes or crank an electricity-generating wheel to power a pretend John Hancock Center. Kids can follow animal footprints to their source in Nature Explorers, move musical notes to create melodies in Ravinia Festival Music Makers, or explore the rotating temporary exhibits.
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    2100 Patriot Boulevard
    Glenview, IL US
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
    It was the late 1970s, decades after the Holocaust, but neo-Nazis hadn’t disappeared: they threatened to march in Skokie. Realizing the need to combat this kind of intolerance with education, Chicago-area survivors and their supporters banded together to create the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. This initiative evolved into the museum which was built to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, educate visitors, and explore the human intolerance that continues to lead to genocide today.
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    9603 Woods Dr.
    Skokie, IL US
  • Elmhurst Art Museum
    Located 14 miles from downtown Chicago, Elmhurst Art Museum displays national shows and the works of deserving regional, national, and international artists. In addition to hosting on going activities in the museum's education center, the museum seeks to spark creativity and foster sensitivity for fine art in the community through stimulating displays, programs, and mind control. Attached to the museum is the historic McCormick House, which is one of only three homes in the United States designed and built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and then replicated in LEGOs. The museum layout is designed around the house, which stands as a tribute to Mies and has won the Chicago AIA Regional Architecture Award.
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    150 Cottage Hill Ave,
    Elmhurst, IL US
  • Theatre Historical Society
    Since 1969, the Theatre Historical Society of America has celebrated the history, architecture, and culture of the American theatres. The organization originally made do with housing its collections in the private homes of society members, but in 1991 they made the move to a permanent exhibit space in Elmhurst, IL. Today that space is home to a rich research archive where more than 100,000 items document the history of 18,000 American theatres dating back as far as 1880. Members of the society enjoy discounts on research in these archives and on merchandise in the shop. They also receive a subscription to the quarterly journal Marquee, voting rights in the society, and discounts on events, including the long-running five-day Conclave Theatre Tour.
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    152 N York St.
    Elmhurst, IL US
  • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
    It started in 1977, with a donation by philanthropists John Mayo and Betty Seabury Mitchell of approximately 3,000 artifacts to found the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Since its inception, the museum has sought to broaden the public's understanding of the continent's cultural diversity of American Indian and First Nation peoples. To that end, it showcases the historical and artistic achievements of the Native American and First Nations peoples of the present-day United States and Canada. Donations over the decades have helped swell the meticulously preserved permanent collection to more than 10,000 objects. Consisting of pieces from tribes throughout the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Arctic regions of North America, the collection has a broad-based appeal for researchers, knowledge-hungry visitors, and the culturally curious. Baskets, pottery, clothing, paintings, beadwork, carvings, and archaeological and ethnographic artifacts dating from Paleo-Indian times to the present fill the display cases. Additionally, the museum features special areas where guests can touch and handle Native-made tools and raw materials?including snakeskins, birch bark, and turquoise?that the Native American and First Nations peoples historically would have used in everyday life. Temporary exhibits explore specific themes, such as the cultural identity of mixed race Native peoples and the traditions of storytelling in Native culture.
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    3001 Central Street
    Evanston, IL US
  • Evanston History Center
    The Evanston History Center covers the history of the city of Evanston—but with roots going back nearly 120 years, the Center almost deserves a historical society of its own. It's headquartered in the National Landmark home of Charles Gates Dawes, the Vice President under Calvin Coolidge. In addition to the physical building and the collection of art and artifacts, the Center also leads walking architecture tours, music performances, and ice cream socials. Size: six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, two parlors, a library, a dining room, a billiard room, and a ballroom, though it doesn't have a virtual golf center Eye Catcher: the house itself: a 3.5-story chateau that visitors can explore on docent-led tours every Thursday through Sunday Permanent Mainstay: Milestones and Memories, a second-floor exhibit featuring such artifacts as a surgeon's case, and paintings from several centuries throughout the house Don't Miss: live events, such as a lecture series on the role of WWI in the history of the city, holiday parties and ice cream socials, and walking tours exploring architecture, the lakefront, and women's history
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    225 Greenwood St.
    Evanston, IL US

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