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The Coolest Museums in the Midwest

The midwest may be known best for its winters and food, but there’s more to this area than that! The museums in the midwest bring you into the future by discussing the past and are each incredibly well maintained and designed. These are the coolest museums you’ll find! 

The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute Chicago

The Art Institute in Chicago is well known for being home to some of the most iconic pieces of art in the world.  The movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off took a walk through it, and you can still see some of that same gorgeous art in the way these characters did.  It’s a fantastic way to take in art while supporting the community.

Field Museum
Field Museum. Photo source GreenBiz

Field Museum

The Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, often shortened to just the Field Museum, is a gorgeous natural history museum in Chicago.  Possibly the largest of its kind in the world, definitely the largest in America, this museum was founded in 1893 and has spent the last 130 years showing people what the natural world is like, and why it matters.

You can visit and see everything from dinosaur remains to exhibits like the Cyrus Tang Hall of China, which changes every six to twelve months.  This is an awesome place to visit if you want to learn and see as much as possible.

The Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford Museum. Photo source: Pinterest

The Henry Ford Museum

Henry Ford is internationally known, not only for his massive vehicle company but for the changes he made to automation and workers’ rights.  His employees were often the first to afford his vehicles in their areas, and his automation ensured that the cars were made as quickly as possible, allowing for lower prices and less scarcity.

This museum in Dearborn, just a couple dozen miles from Detroit, offers insight into the man and the company, exhibits showing older models of the vehicles, and a glimpse into his life that you can’t find anywhere else.

New Quilt Center Museum in Lincoln
New Quilt Center in Lincoln. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism

International Quilt Museum

A museum all about quilting may not be what many think of as cool: but it’s such a unique concept and building that it’s incredibly popular for tourists and locals alike.  Whether you’re in the area looking at apartments in Lincoln, NE, or you’re on a road trip and want to take in the most views possible, this museum is a must-stop place.

The largest quilt museum in the world, and the only textile museum of its kind in America, this museum offers the chance to walk through exhibits detailing how quilting became popular and why it’s such a success.

National WWI Museum and Memorial
National WWI Museum. Photo source: Wikipedia

National WWI Museum and Memorial

World War One had a heavy impact on the people of America and those all around the world.  In Kansas City, MO, this museum works to shine a light on the loss of human life, the amount of work that went into it, and the way America changed through this war.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial guide you through inventions that came out of necessity, the change in the workforce, and the poverty that followed the war.  This is a heavy museum to walk through, but it’s important for anyone who wants to understand the past better.

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