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About the Collection

The Chicago History Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of images, objects, books, manuscripts, and costumes tell the stories of the city’s and the nation’s history. The Museum is dedicated to making the collection accessible through exhibitions, programs, publications, and via the web. Here you will find information about our diverse objects and artifacts. Although this section currently focuses on costumes, over time we will add pieces from the entire collection.

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Costume and Textile Collection

With over 50,000 costumes and textile artifacts from the mid-18th century to the present, the Chicago History Museum Costume Collection is the second largest in the world and one of the nation’s most complete repositories ...

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