A woman and a young girl interact with museum staff, one who is holding an animal skull for them to see and touch

Free Wednesdays

About this event series

Beat the mid-week blues and come visit SUE— the Field is free on Wednesdays for Illinois Residents!

Free Wednesdays are the perfect opportunity for you to explore our basic admission exhibitions with your family or a group of science-loving friends. Adventure through the wilderness on a desert safari, explore ancient civilizations, and come face-to-face with prehistoric creatures— all in one place. The Field Museum has so much to explore, you’ll need more than just a day to see it all. But don’t worry; for Illinois Residents, every Wednesday in 2024 is free. 

Tickets for Free Wednesdays are only available to Illinois residents on-site and cannot be reserved in advance. Please ask a Visitor Services staff member for the special offer and show your Illinois proof of residency. You cannot take advantage of Free Days when buying tickets online.

In accordance with the City of Chicago’s updated guidelines, the Field Museum no longer requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or masks for museum visitors. However, we strongly encourage all of our guests to wear masks while in the building.

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 Basic admission for up to six people. Just show an EBT (Link) or WIC card when you purchase tickets at the museum. You cannot take advantage of this special offer when buying tickets online.

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 and check stub