Free Museum Days in Chicago

The new year is finally upon us and with it comes more free museum dates! If you’re a lover of all Chicagoland museums have to offer, but aren’t as big of a fan of the price, they’ve got your back. Starting in January, museums all across the city are opening their doors free to the (Illinois resident) public. Here’s what’s coming up. 

Adler Planetarium

Keeping with tradition, the Adler Planetarium is going to be offering free museum days for Illinois residents every Wednesday evening from 4pm-10pm. But if you’re a teacher between pre-K through 12, you’ve always got an in. Check out more discounted ticket deals by clicking here. 

Field Museum

Everyone’s favorite dinosaur is back with free dates this January and February! Catch a 3D movie, learn more about Ancient Egypt and say hi to SUE on January 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th and 31st or February 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 20th. Once again, Illinois teachers and active military personnel also receive free admission all year-long, too!

Art Institute of Chicago

Channel your inner Ferris Bueller and take a day off at the Art Institute of Chicago. This museum does require you to reserve tickets in advance, but is offering free admission Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from January 9th to March 24th this year. Also noteworthy, the public is always welcome to check out a few of the museum areas for free, including the Ryan Learning Center, North and South Gardens, Nichols Bridgeway, and the Bluhm Family Terrace. So if you can’t get tickets, it still might be worth a stop! 

Shedd Aquarium

Start finding Nemo for free at Shedd’s free admission days this January and February! It does require advance reservations (and a $3 transaction fee, womp womp) so get your tickets in advance by clicking here. Their free dates are January 12-16th and February 7-9th, 14-16th, 21-23rd and 28th. 

Chicago History Museum

Who doesn’t love learning more about our history? This Chicago staple has exhibitions on the Chicago Fire, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and even puts your senses to the test. Get free tickets January 16-20th, 24-27th and 31st, as well as February 1-3rd, 7-10th, 14-17th, 20-24th and the 28th. 

The fun doesn’t stop here!

Not seeing your favorite museum on this list? These are just some of our favorites, but there are more deals to be found all across Chicago. Be sure to visit your favorite museum websites to check for any free admission days this month. Happy learning!

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