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Museum Free Days 2012 | Explore Chicago

Museum Free Days 2012

Whether it’s gazing up at a 67 million year old T. rex skeleton, reaching out to touch a Moon rock, or coming nose to nose with a dolphin, Chicago’s world-class museums are of immeasurable educational value for visitors of all ages. Many of these acclaimed cultural institutions and historic landmarks have free and discounted admission days throughout the year, making visiting a museum an even greater value.

Please note that you must be an Illinois resident to take advantage of free admission days at many, but not all, major museums in Chicago. See the list below for specifically which museums apply. Out-of-state visitors may continue to take advantage of great discounted admission offers that include special prices for seniors, children, educators, active-duty military personnel, museum members and others.  Check individual museums’ websites for details.

Note: Check back often for updated dates. Museum Free Day dates are subject to change without notice based upon individual museums’ schedules, and though museum admission may be free on designated days, some museums may charge a fee to view special exhibits.

The Adler Planetarium

FREE general admission for Illinois residents only on the following dates:

January: 9-12, 17, 18, 23-26, 31

February: 1, 6-9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

March: 6, 7

Museum of Science & Industry

FREE general admission for Illinois residents only on the following dates:

January: 12, 13, 16-20, 23-27, 30, 31

February: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

March 5; April 19; May 23

June: 4-8, 11

September: 4-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28

October: 1-3

November 5; December 3

Shedd Aquarium

FREE general admission for Illinois residents only on the following dates:

January: 9, 10, 15-17, 25-28, 30, 31

February: 6, 7, 13, 14, 19-23, 27, 28

June: 17-22

September: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

October: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

November: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

The Art Institute of Chicago

FREE general admission for Illinois residents only on the folllowing dates:

January: every weekday

February: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

March: 7, 14

Field Museum

FREE general admission for Illinois residents only on the following dates:

January: 11-13, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31

Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier

FREE for all visitors every Thursday, 5-8 pm.  FREE on the first Sunday of each month for children 15 and under.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

FREE general admission every Thursday for Illinois residents only. Upcoming dates:

January: 5, 12, 19 & 26

February: 2, 9, 16 & 23

March: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

April: 5, 12, 19 & 26

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Are you over-scheduling your kids this summer?

Living in the western suburbs of Chicago, I find that many kids,  including my own, have a different summer than I had as a child.  I found this article on my Google alerts that addresses how overscheduling the summer can affect your child(ren).  I am interested in your opinions on this.

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