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About Us

Gary T. Johnson

Gary T. Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum since 2005, is a lifelong Chicagoan who has substantially expanded the Museum’s community outreach programs and personally visited more than 300 school classrooms to talk with young students about the museum and Chicago history. He also serves as president of Museums in the Park, an association of Chicago’s major museums. Before joining the Chicago History Museum, Johnson was a partner in two global law firms based in Chicago, and developed a record of impressive leadership in civic affairs and civil rights. A Rhodes Scholar, he was educated at Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, A.B. summa cum laude), Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar; M.A. Modern History), and Harvard University (J.D.).