History museum asks: Is it real?





When Chicago History Museum President Gary T. Johnson told his staff it was time to show off the museum’s vast collection of treasured items, they had an idea.

The resulting “Is It Real?” exhibit invites visitors to assume the role of curator, determining if something is a real historical find, a close call or just a bald-faced lie.

In some regard, it’s not dissimilar from the TV show “CSI,” which is also the theme of a new exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry in which visitors are asked to use their detective skills.




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