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In June 2001, the Swedish American Museum opened the nation’s first children’s museum of immigration with a hands-on interactive museum for children of all ages.

Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration hosts school tours in the morning and is open to the public in the afternoon and on weekends.

Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration Hours

Open to Public:

  • Monday – Thursday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 School Tours

School tours can be scheduled for Monday – Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, please see our section on education and school tours.

Special Holiday Hours

The Children’s Museum will have special hours during the Christmas and New Year’s season. Please look on the Museum front page for these holiday hours.


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Coming Soon: Buzz Aldrin Education Cart

Buzz Aldrin ExhibitThe Buzz Aldrin Education Cart will soon make its debut at the Swedish American Museum and the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. This tech-equipped mobile exhibit will be used on a regular basis as part of our educational programming as well as during select school tours. Children’s Museum staff will teach about various topics relating to Buzz Aldrin and his exploration of the moon using components of the cart. With the cart’s ample magnetic and expandable surfaces, staff will be able to conduct lessons and experiments for both small and large groups. This complement to our Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Swedish Council of America.

Paintings by Frida Willis available on the 3rd floor.

Come and enjoy some of the characters from Swedish children’s book characters by Astrid Lindgren and Elsa Beskow. For more information about the pieces or for pricing please contact our education manager, Stacey Nyman.

Children’s Museum Named Best of Chicago 2011

The Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration has been named one of the best “hands-on exhibits for every kind of kid” in Chicago Magazine‘s “Best of Chicago” list for 2011.  We thank Chicago Magazine for recognizing the Children’s Museum and we thank the volunteers, staff, board, members and supporters of the Children’s Museum who have made our success possible.

To view a pdf of the article, please click here.



General Museum:

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children's Museum:

  • Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Museum Store:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • 5211 N. Clark St.
  • Chicago, IL 60640


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