Free Admission Days

About this recurring event

Just for Illinois residents: spend a day 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. 

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

Museums for All

As part of the Museums for All initiative, we offer discounted admission to all families who qualify for state food assistance. Show an EBT (Link) or WIC card to receive $3-per-person admission for up to six people.

This rate applies during normal business hours every day the Museum is open.