To begin your Museum Adventure, visit your local public library to check out a pass. Passes are restricted to registered borrowers of each library.
Admission offers vary per museum, and are included with each listing below.
Air Classic Inc. Museum of Aviation
Get up close and personal with an A-7E Corsair II Navy Attack Bomber, combat veteran from Desert Storm that flew from the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy. Be the pilot of a Huey helicopter of Viet Nam fame.
44W546 US Route 30
Sugar Grove IL, 60554-9886
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 3:00
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid adult admission Saturday and Sunday only, plus 10% off in gift shop. One Pass per family/group.Website
Bronzeville Children's Museum
First and only African American children's museum in the nation.
9301 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago IL, 60617
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm (Hourly guided interactive tours for children ages 3-9. Tour hours are 10, 11, 12, 1, and last tour is at 2:00 pm) CLOSED: Sunday and Monday for Special Events
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is two admissions per family)Website
Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)
A world leader in animal care, conservation, and education, Brookfield Zoo is celebrating 75 years of fun this year!
First Ave. and 31st St.
Brookfield IL, 60513
Hours: Open Daily 10 to 5.
Admits 2 (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and does not include parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies!, Children's Zoo, Temporary exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.)Website
In addition to vast formal gardens and picnic and camping grounds, Cantigny offers two history-rich museums: the Robert R. McCormick Museum and the Cantigny First Division Museum, fascinating for children and researchers alike.
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton IL, 60189
Hours: 10am - 5pm (May-October); 10am - 4pm (November-April) NOTE: WINTER HOURS. *CLOSED - ALL of January and Monday-Thursday in February. Also closed - November 27, 28, December 24, 25 and 31.
Admits 1 vehicle - Limited to one car per use.Website
Chicago Botanic Garden
With its world-renowned plant collections and displays, it is one of the country's most visited public gardens and preeminent center for learning and scientific research.
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe IL, 60022
Hours: 8 am - sunset, everyday. Extended hours early June - Labor Day 7 am to 9 pm. Christmas Eve - close at 3pm.
Admits 1 car at 50% off per passWebsite
Elgin History Museum
Housed in an 1856 landmark building and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The museum brings to life Elgin's rich heritage.
360 Park Street
Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12-4 p.m. (Now open year-round) CLOSED: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Elgin Public Museum
Offers exhibits and educational programs with natural history and cultural themes for families, school groups, scouts, clubs, organizations, homeschoolers, and anyone who wants to have fun while learning!
225 Grand Boulevard
Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: CLOSED: ALL of January. Starting February- May 25th - Open Saturday & Sunday Noon - 4 pm. Summer Hours (May 26th thru Labor Day: Tuesday thru Sunday, 12 to 4pm. Fall, and Winter Hours: Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4pm;
10% Discount on all museum store purchasesWebsite
Illinois Railway Museum
America’s largest railway museum, featuring many pieces of historic railway equipment on display, and regular operation on our demonstration railroad. Take a ride on one of our many restored trains and experience a museum in motion.
7000 Olson Rd (Mailing: PO Box 427)
Union IL, 60180
Hours: CLOSED: Museum is closed until April 2014. Weekend operations: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM, grounds 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Weekday operations: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, grounds 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Blackout Dates August 24 and 25.
2 free passes with the purchase of 2, or 1 free pass with the purchase of 1Website
Lake County Discovery Museum
Offers the fun of a big city museum, close to home with its permanent and temporary exhibits including an 11-foot Mastodon and the world's largest collection of picture postcards.
27277 N. Forest Preserve Road
Wauconda IL, 60084
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Open daily except for: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Admits 2 (passes are valid for general admission only. Not valid for use during public programs and special events where special admission rates apply)Website
Legoland Discovery Center
Your passport to a LEGO® world of color, creativity and fun. Attractions include; Miniland, Jungle Expedition, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, LEGO Factory Tour, 4D Cinema, LEGO City Construction Site, Model Builder Workshop, Build and Test area and more! All attractions are included in general admission price. Recommended visit time: 1.5 – 3 hours.
601 N Martingale Rd #130
Schaumburg IL, 60173
Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 7pm (last ticket sold at 5pm) Mon – Fri 12pm – 7pm (last ticket sold at 5pm)
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid admission at the door. Individual Door Price Ticket: $20.00. Children 2 and under are free.Website
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
People of all ages enjoy this exceptional museum dedicated to sharing with others the beauty of gemstones and promoting the study of earth science. The museum houses a large collection of Chinese jade and other hard-stone carvings. Other displays include animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones and geologic phenomena. Browse through the unique gift shop. Free parking is available.
220 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst IL, 60126
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
1/2 off admission passes for General Museum Admission Only -Discount not available on Fridays.Website
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the United States and Canada. It promotes public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.
3001 Central Street
Evanston IL, 60201
Hours: T, W, F, Sat. 10 AM to 5 PM; Th. 10 AM to 8 PM; Sun. Noon to 4 PM; Closed Mondays
Admits 2 free for regular museum admissionWebsite
Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited outdoor museum located in downtown Naperville, Illinois. The museum maintains 30 historic buildings on a 12 acre site with over 50,000 objects. Museum staff and volunteers interpret life from the 19th century to today, while wearing period-correct costumes.
523 South Webster Street
Naperville IL, 60540
Hours: Winter Hours (Nov-Mar) Tuesday-Fri 10am to 4 pm - Closed Sat, Sun, Mon. Spring, Summer, Fall Hours (Apr-Oct) Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm; Sun 1pm to 4pm - Closed Mon.
1. Pass is valid on days general admission to Naper Settlement is offered, from April 1 – Oct 31, 2014 2. Pass allows a maximum of two people to receive free admission when purchasing 1 or more admission tickets 3. Pass is not valid for special events admittance or events sponsored on museum grounds by others with entry feeWebsite
Oriental Institute Museum
Presents informative and engaging exhibits and programs on ancient Egypt, Nubia, Israel, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. Come to the museum store, the Suq's holiday sale, December 1 - 9! Nonmembers receive 15% off and members receive 20% off entire store.
1155 E. 58th Street
Chicago IL, 60637
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM; Wednesday: 10 AM - 8:30 PM; Sunday: Noon - 6:00 PM. CLOSED: Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
One free Kid's i-Pod tour of the Egyptian Gallery per pass. General admission is free (donation suggested).Website
Pleasant Home Foundation
Pleasant Home is a landmark prairie style house museum, designed in 1897 by George W. Maher. The home is one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of prairie school architecture. Pleasant Home is the only Maher building open to the public as a museum.
217 Home Avenue
Oak Park IL, 60302
Hours: Tours Thursday through Sunday 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm or by appointment. CLOSED: Major Holidays
Buy 1, Get 1 free Tour AdmissionWebsite
St. Charles Heritage Museum
Exhibits highlight early settlers, agriculture, industry, education, the Richard's Riot, millionaires and tourism in the Roaring Twenties.
215 E. Main Street
St. Charles IL, 60174
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm CLOSED: Sundays (Sept-May), Mondays and Major Holidays
15% discount on visitors entire gift shop purchase with some exclusions.Website
The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn
5100 Museum Drive
Oak Lawn IL, 60453
Hours: Tues - Sat: 9:30am to 5:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Evenings: 2nd and 4th Friday until 8:00pm CLOSED: Mondays, Major Holidays and September 8-12, 2014 for cleaning and maintenance
Pay for one adult and the child gets in free. If additional people are with you, each of them pay the regular admission price. Limit 1Website