Permanent Mission Moon. The museum’s latest exhibition examines the history behind man’s attempt to reach the moon. $20–$25. 1300 S. Lake Shore. adlerplanetarium.org
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
Through 2017 Chicago Authored. This multimedia exhibition housed in a new café-style reading room examines the city’s rich literary history.
Through 2018 The Secret Lives of Objects. Get a glimpse of Ann Landers’s typewriter, Charlie Chaplin’s bamboo cane, and more historical paraphernalia.
$12–$14. 1601 N. Clark. chicagohistory.org
DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Permanent Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality. From the transatlantic slave trade to the 21st century, this multimedia journey illustrates the African American experience. $2–$10. 740 E. 56th. dusablemuseum.org
Through 4/10 The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great. Admire more than 500 Hellenic artifacts from 21 Greek museums in this new exhibition exploring the country’s ancient past. General admission $13–$18 (free for children under 3); all-access passes $21–$31. 1400 S. Lake Shore. fieldmuseum.org
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY
Through 1/3 Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. More than 50 volunteer-trimmed trees celebrate the city’s diverse cultural identities, with the museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree looming above them.
Through 1/3 Robot Revolution. Interact with 40 world-class robots at this new nationally touring exhibit supported by Google.
Through 1/31 Materials Science. Metals, plastics, magnets—see how scientists probe the possibilities of the materials that make up our world. Take a peek at the impressive atomic probe field ion microscope, too.
$9–$11, plus general admission. 5700 S. Lake Shore. msichicago.org
THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE
Through 2015 Persepolis: Images of an Empire. Explore the afterlife of the first Persian Empire through photographs, a video display, and satellite imagery from the Institute’s excavation in the 1930s. Free. 1155 E. 58th. oi.uchicago.edu
Through 1/2 Holiday One World. Dolphins, penguins, sea lions, and beluga whales perform amid world music and a seasonal light show. $5–$40. 1200 S. Lake Shore. sheddaquarium.org