Free Admission Day

Event summary


Feb 2 9:00AM CST - 5:00PM CST See more dates


This event is Free


About this event

Illinois residents: Spend a Winter Wednesday at the Museum—for free! 

An adult and two young children wearing masks look at the skull of SUE the T. rex.

Free Admission Days are the perfect opportunity to explore our general admission exhibitions with your family or a group of science-loving friends. Or, use these days to check out special ticketed exhibitions or a 3D movie with a discounted Discovery or All-Access Pass.

Tickets for Free Days are only available to Illinois residents onsite and cannot be reserved in advance. Please ask a Guest Relations staff member when you arrive at the museum and be ready to show your Illinois proof of residency. 

For the safety of our visitors and staff, face masks are required for everyone two years and older. Visitors five years and older are required to show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for admission to the Field Museum. Learn more about health and safety at the Museum.

Museums for All

Can't make it on a free day? We offer Museums for All and other discounts all year long.

Families who qualify for state food assistance can receive $3-per-person admission for up to six people. Just show an EBT (Link) or WIC card when you arrive at the museum.

Museums for All is made possible by Ford Motor Company.

Discounted All-Access Pass

Includes all general admission exhibitions, all ticketed exhibitions, and one 3D movie

Adults Children (ages 3–11)
$16 $14


Discounted Discovery Pass

Includes admission to all general admission exhibitions, and one ticketed exhibition or 3D movie

Adults Children (ages 3–11)
$10 $8


Basic admission on Free Days

Includes all general admission exhibitions, such as Evolving Planet, The Ancient Americas, and Inside Ancient Egypt

Adults Children (ages 3–11)
Free Free


Proof of Residency

No special coupon, ticket, or pass is required to enter the Museum during Free Admission Days. Just present a current Illinois driver's license, state ID, or Chicago CityKey card at the ticket desk to establish proof of residency.

If you do not have an Illinois identification card, you may establish residency by showing a valid photo ID along with one of the following:

  • Illinois lease
  • Illinois library card
  • Illinois student ID with photo
  • Illinois utility bill
  • Illinois work ID or check stub