Located on the second floor, it is the museum’s largest and most in-death exhibit relating the history of railroads and infrastructure development in Chicago. There is a lot of information to read and kids will be standing patiently next to you drinking in every word. Kidding. They will be off pushing levers inside the first locomotive to operate in Chicago and running inside the first CTA car. This proves to be exciting for about 30 minutes.
The dioramas of Chicago from the past might catch their interest. It takes all of five minutes to look them over, but your kids might get inspired to build their own dioramas at home. (Remember they are small children, so you will end up doing all the work).
We are done with the second floor.
Just over an hour and you are done. So, is a trip to History museum with small kids worth the effort? Overall museum is not that exciting to small kids, but it will bring much enjoyment to train lovers, while also providing some educational opportunities. Your small kids are not going to be standing around listening to lectures but the trip offers a good excuse to drop words like, “Lincoln,” “great Chicago fire,” “Chicago’s birthday March 4th…” When they calm down from the museum high and sit strapped into their car seats they might remember to ask, “What is Chicago fire?” And if they don’t, you can bring it up and it would already sound familiar. Don’t buy membership yet, but it’s definitely worth checking out at least one, if you haven’t done so yet.