DuSable Museum: Celebrating Black History Year-Round

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When it comes to the rich ethnic history of Chicago, there’s so much to learn. All around town there are edifying stops for culturally-rich family outings, but at the DuSable Museum of African American History, your kids will not only be educated, they’ll be seriously entertained along the way. Start at the Mayor Harold Washington exhibition, an interactive experience that includes an animatronic figure of the first-ever African American mayor of Chicago. When your kids push a button, he’ll come alive to tell the story of his meteoric rise to fame and tragic death in office. Another exhibition certain to fascinate your kids is “Red, White, Blue & Black,” which explores African Americans’ participation in the armed forces of the United States. You’ll get to view more than 100 artifacts and objects from the museum’s private collection, running from the Revolutionary War (the museum’s namesake Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the “Founder of Chicago,” was arrested by British troops for being an American sympathizer) up to the Vietnam War. The museum provides plenty of opportunities to come back and visit again, as there’s a calendar dotted with workshops, book signings, and live music. In the summer, you can even join the DuSable for monthly family film nights, complete with free popcorn and a kid-friendly flick projected at dusk.

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DuSable Museum

740 E 56th Pl Chicago IL 60637

(773) 947-0600

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