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About this collection

View highlights from our expansive collection of artifacts related to Chicago history as well as selected areas of American history through the Civil War. Objects viewable here are a small fraction of the Museum’s holdings in costumes and textiles, paintings and sculpture, decorative and industrial arts, and architectural models and fragments. From the unique to the everyday, these objects represent a broad range of subjects and historical events, from moments of great tragedy and celebration to political and social change. 

 
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