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Most Unique Museums in Chicago



One of the best-rated museums in the world is located in Chicago. Did you know that the city is also home to several truly unique museums? If you're visiting Chicago or searching for something to do, check out this list of the city's most unique and underrated museums.


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Oriental Institute Museum


Location: 1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637


Contact No.: (773) 702-9514


The Oriental Institute is a well-known museum dedicated to the study of human civilization's origins. The Oriental Institute's archaeologists unearthed ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, which are all represented in the museum. Best of all, it's located on the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago, an aesthetically stunning Gothic Revival school that's picture-perfect all year.



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International Museum of Surgical Science


Location: 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610

Contact No.: (312) 642-6502


The International Museum of Surgical Science houses nearly 7,000 medical objects spanning decades of medical history, from medical relics to apparatus and instruments. The museum, which contains a research library, public exhibitions, and guided tours, is conveniently located near Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. Adult admission to the museum costs $17; however, fees for elders, students, and children vary.


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Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art


Location: 756 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642


Contact No.: (312) 624-9487


The Center for Intuitive and Outside Art is one of the world's leading museums for self-taught art, which is described as work by artists who have little influence from mainstream art. The public is welcome to attend educational activities. Students and scholars interested in intuitive, self-taught, and outsider art and artists can use the Robert A. Roth Study Center as a resource.






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American Writers Museum


Location: 180 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Contact No.: (312) 374-8790


The American Writers Museum is the first of its type, dedicated entirely to involving the public in the celebration of American authors. Exhibits honor writers of novels, song lyrics, poetry, plays, speeches, comics, journalism, humor, and more who have shaped our history. With sights, sounds, scents, touchscreens, and innovative installations, the museum is a modern, interactive space.






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Chicago Children's Museum


Location: 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Contact No.: (312) 527-1000


The Chicago Children's Museum is purposefully created for all children to engage in experimentation, creativity, and learning. The museum, which is located at Navy Pier, provides a fun and educational setting for kids. A Tinkering Lab, an Art Studio, and a Sound Playground are among the museum's exhibits.







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