All the Free Museum Days in Chicago for 2019

Museums for all!

Looking for something educational and exciting to do? Chicago’s museums are the best resource.

Adler Planetarium
January 21st – 22nd, 29th – 31st
February 5th – 7th, 12th – 14th, 18th – 21st, 26th – 28th
April 2nd – 4th, 9th – 11th
June 3rd – 5th, 10th – 13th
September 5th – 6th, 12th – 13th, 19th – 20th, 26th – 27th
October 7th – 9th, 14th – 16th
November 8th, 11th
December 2nd – 3rd, 7th, 12th – 13th

The Art Institute of Chicago
Every Thursday from 5-8PM at the Art Institute is free for Illinois residents. Under the age of 18? Lucky you: it’s free every day.

Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier
Thursday from 5-8PM and the first Sunday of every month are free! Kids under the age of 15 are always free.

Chicago Cultural Center
Always free!

Chicago Design Museum
Tuesdays through Saturdays are free.

Chicago Fed’s Money Museum
Daily free admission.

Chicago History Museum
Free each Tuesday from 12:30-9PM with the exception of January 9th, December 18th and 25th. Also free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, and March 4th and July 4th. Members of the museum (as well as DuSable, Natl. Museum of Mexican Art, or Natl. Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture) have free access, too. Members of Chicago Police Dept., Chicago Fire Dept., US Armed Services, and Illinois teachers always get free access, as well.

DePaul Art Museum
Always free.

DuSable Museum of African American History
Free every Tuesday, free for military personnel.

Field Museum
January 21st
February 1st – 28th
April 5th – 7th
May 2nd
June 26th – 28th

Lincoln Park Zoo
Every day, all year.

McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum
Friends of the Chicago River Members always have free admission, and every Sunday the museum is open from May to October is free.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Tuesdays are free all year for residents of Illinois.

Museum of Contemporary Photography
Always free.

Museum of Science and Industry
January 7th – 10th, 14th – 17th, 21st – 24th & 28th – 31st
February 4th – 7th, 11th – 14th, 19th – 21st & 25th – 28th

National Hellenic Museum
Cardholders at Bank of America can get one free admission on the first full weekend of each month.

National Museum of Mexican Art
Admission is free every day.

National Veterans Art Museum
Year round free admission.

Shedd Aquarium
January 17th – 21st

Swedish American Museum
Second Tuesday of each month is free, members and children under 1 are free.



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