The purpose of the Green Museums Initiative is to inspire Chicago museums to develop green business practices, eco-friendly facility management, and sustainable programming. Chicago museums are definitely rocking the green spirit. Here are a few must-see museums that are living the green.
The Adler Planetarium & Museum is THEE place to go see and learn about space and our solar system. This is an accessible planetarium with a great staff that has regular after hours events and viewing features. Also a green museum that participates in the Green Museum Initiative, Adler is a best bet.
Egypt, dinosaurs, soil, plants, gemstones and rocks to your hearts content; The Field Museum of Natural History is Chicago's world class field museum. It is filled with both anthropological and archaeological historical references and will take you two days to get through if you study each exhibit thoroughly. Thankfully the museum also participates in the Green Museum Initiative, so works to be environmentally friendly for your visit. Excellent!
This is an amazing museum! One of the only accredited Mexican cultural museums in the nation, it is filled with interesting information celebrating the Mexican culture. This museum also expresses a concern for environmental issues and is a member of the Green Museum Initiative.
This world famous museum is not to be confused with The Art Institute of Chicago. It is a large contemporary art museum primarily focused on modern art through painting, sculpture, photography, video, film, and performance. A lovely day of fun can be found at this museum, which is a member of the Green Museum Initiative movement to help protect our environment.
Chicago History Museum is really a salute to the city itself. Focused on culturally significant experiences within Chicago, this museum is less crowded than the larger museums and makes for a nice afternoon of fun. It is also a member of the Green Museum Initiative and brings an environmentally forward attitude to its visitors. Always a good thing.
Chicago's famous Museum of Science and Industry is a great destination for individuals and family. It is also a green attraction - it is a part of the Green Museum Initiative - bringing positive environmental action to visitors. A must go!
Known as one of the best aquariums in the United States, John G. Shedd Aquarium is central to the museum scene in Chicago. Exhibits are astoundingly good and the museum is featured as a member of the Green Museum Initiative - using environmentally sound practices.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a must-see for the greenie. Featuring nature in all its forms, PNNM is known for its butterfly exhibit and interactive exhibits. Small, but beautiful, this museum is an afternoon of fun exhibits that feature nature and the environment. PNNM participates in the Green Museum Initiative.
World class art museum and Chicago cornerstone, The Art Institute of Chicago is a fantastic place to see art - both modern and ancient. The Art Institute and school are a part of the Green Museum Initiative, so work to be environmentally friendly as well as artfully aware. A great stop in Chicago.
Lincoln Park Zoo stretches the "museum" description, but is a must-visit part of the Chicago culture. Visit animals from around the world, see beautiful gardens, and learn about nature at this member of the Green Museum Initiative movement. Lincoln Park Zoo is particularly concerned about the environment and how the world is taken care of.