22 Million objects and artifacts can be found in the sprawling Chicago History Museum, unraveling the story of Chicago’s rich history. The museum houses objects of both local and national interest, including many important items from the Civil War era.
Originally founded in 1856 as the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago History Museum wouldn’t adopt its new name until a 2006 rebranding campaign. It’s original collection included Abraham Lincoln’s final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, but it was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It’s rebuilt collection burned down again in 1874, and the museum finally moved to its current location in 1930.