Today marks the 15th Annual Museum Day here in Illinois. While museum staff, board members and volunteers from across the state will be using this day to talk with state legislators, why don’t you use this day to visit a local museum? Here’s a list of Busy Beaver’s top 5 picks for Chicago museum visits:
1. The Field Museum
Home of Sue, the T-Rex. Besides the permanent collection, the museum also hosts a series of rotating exhibits like the current Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux. For more info, go to fieldmuseum.org.
2. International Museum of Surgical Science
From X-ray machines to heart valves, this museum in Lincoln Park features over 7,000 objects related to surgical science. And, in the gift shop, you can purchase plush versions of the common cold and E. Coli. For more info, go to imss.org.
3. Adler Planetarium
While not technically a museum, the Adler Planetarium offers a number of cool exhibits like Astronomy & Culture, a look at how ancient and medieval cultures understood and used astronomy. For more info, go to adlerplanetarium.org.
4. Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute has an amazing permanent collection, but I go for the rotating exhibits. Last summer the museum featured a Roy Lichtenstein exhibit, and currently you can see a collection of early Picasso drawings in Picasso and Chicago. The Picasso exhibit runs through May 12, so you better hurry! For more info, go to artic.edu.
5. Busy Beaver Button Museum
The world’s only known pin-back button museum is housed right here in Busy Beaver Button Co. Free to the public, you see can over 1,000 buttons on display including a Abraham Lincoln campaign pre-button. For more info, go to buttonmuseum.org.