Press Release

January 2, 2024Events & Announcements

Museum offering new free PlayLab programs every Wednesday for young visitors

Visitors get a close look at an animal skull with members of the Field Museum Discovery Squad. Photo by Latoya Flowers © Field Museum

A new year means new free Wednesdays for Illinois residents plus new programs for young visitors to the Field Museum. The Museum has announced that every Wednesday in 2024 is free admission for Illinois residents.

Residents need to show proof of residency to receive free general admission to the museum. Free Day tickets are available on-site only for Illinois residents and cannot be reserved in advance. Discounted Discovery and All-Access Passes are also available. 

Families visiting the museum on Wednesdays can also take advantage of PlayLab PlayDates, a new weekly program launched for ages 2 to 6. PlayLab PlayDates are free, drop-in activities featuring storytime sessions, music and movement circles, science experiments and more. Pre-registration is not required.

Field Museum offers more ways to save

In addition to Free Days, the Field Museums For All program offers $3-per-person admission to families (up to 6 people) every day who qualify for state food assistance. Just show an EBT (Link) or WIC card when you arrive at the museum. Museums for All is made possible by Ford Motor Company.

More information about the Free Admission days and Museums For All at the museum is available on the museum’s website.