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About the Collection

Over 22 Million Chicago and U.S. History Artifacts

The Museum's collection of over 22 million artifacts is a rich source for the study of Chicago history, both as urban center and as part of the larger United States.

Explore our eight main collection areas:

> Architecture

> Archives and Manuscripts

> Books and other Published Materials

> Costumes

> Decorative and Industrial Arts

> Oral History, Film, and Video

> Paintings and Sculpture

> Prints and Photographs

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