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 that flew combat in Viet Nam. Sit in a full size mock up of a 737/A320 cockpit.
44W546 US Route 30
Sugar Grove IL, 60554-9886
Hours: The museum is open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid adult admission ($10.00) SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY, plus 10% off in gift shop. One Pass per family/groupWebsite
American Writers Museum
Visitors will explore the great writers’ and learn about and celebrate authors who are emblematic of a unique American Voice, across history, genre, and mediums, from poets to sportswriters. Galleries will de-mystify famed writers’ works and methodologies and invite visitor creativity with games and other immersive offerings. Delve into the great writers, literary influencers, characters, and groups that shaped the city’s unique literary tradition.
180 N Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago Illinois, 60601
Hours: Temporarily closed (as of 11/18/20)
1/2 off adult museum admission ($14 full price, $7 discounted). Special exhibits are free with museum admission. Children 12 and under are always free.Website
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
Located in Aurora's Old Central Fire Station, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum features a variety of hands-on exhibits about the history of firefighting, a children's discovery room, and the Hayloft Theater. Perfect for the whole family.
53 N. Broadway
Aurora Illinois, 60505
Hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday: Closed
Buy one, get one free of equal or lesser value. Valid for General Admission only. Not valid for special events, group tours or programs, and cannot be combined with other offers.Website
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
The Dunn Museum collects, preserves and interprets the material culture of Lake County, Illinois, and provides captivating educational experiences for visitors of all ages. Exhibitions offer a chronological walk through Lake County’s history from prehistoric times to the present and invites visitors to explore the land on which the history took place. The Dunn Museum is among only five percent of museums nationally to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, an industry mark of distinction. Operated by the Lake County Forest Preserves, the Dunn Museum is named for Bess Bower Dunn (1877–1959), Lake County’s first official historian.
1899 West Winchester Road
Libertyville Illinois, 60048
Hours: *Timed entry tickets online (10:00 – 11:30 am, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 2:00 – 3:30 pm) *The Museum will close between each time slot for cleaning and disinfecting. Mondays: Closed Tuesday: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm (*Seniors only from 10:00 am – 11:30 am) Friday: Closed Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm Sunday: Closed *MAP Passes not accepted through online ticket entry. MAP Passes only accepted through limited walk-in availability at the front desk. No reservations available. *Call 847-968-3400 before your visit to check for walk-in availability.
The MAP pass can be redeemed for two (2) general admission tickets. General admission: Resident Nonresident $6 $10 Adults $3 $6 Seniors ages 62 and up. Free admission during October. $3 $6 Youth ages 4–17 (limit 10 youth per adult), students 18–25 (w/ID) FREE FREE Children ages 3 and under Discount Tuesdays half off listed prices.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: Monday: Closed for special events Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Tours at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm) Sunday: Closed 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: September 8 – October 25 Monday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm October 26 – December 31 Daily: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Holiday Magic Days: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Advanced tickets, reservations, and parking required
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.) Reserved time slots are required. Please be sure to consult our "What To Know Before Your Go" page so you are aware of all changes to our daily operations based on current local, state, and federal government guidelines.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. Phase II of Project New Leaf renovations have started as on May 15, 2019. Some garden areas are closed to the public, all museums remain open.
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton IL, 60189
Hours: June 26 – October 31 Daily: 7:00 am – Sunset November 1 – December 30 Daily: 9:00 am – Sunset December 31 – January 31 Closed
Admits 1 vehicle - Limited to one car per use. Does not include limousines, busses, trollies, campers, or any other large vehicles.Website
Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College
Everyone can observe the real sky and still maintain safe social distancing. Download free monthly Sky Calendars from our website at triton.edu/cernan and then share the Moon, planets, and constellations with family and friends.
2000 5th Ave North
River Grove Illinois, 60171
Hours: The Space Center is currently closed for all programs, BUT we are hoping to host star parties where people can come and observe through telescopes for FREE starting as early as late Sep 2020.
Purchase one planetarium ticket, get one adult or two children/senior planetarium tickets free.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: *All visitors must preregister June 24 – September 7 (Summer Hours) Garden Grounds Daily: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm September 8 – November 12 (Fall Hours) Garden Grounds Daily: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm *Hours for specific attractions can be found here: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/visit/hours
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: Monday-Tuesday: Closed Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday: Closed
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: Monday-Friday: Closed Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
10% Discount on all museum store purchasesWebsite
Ellwood House Museum
The Ellwood House Museum is a campus of seven historic buildings, including the 1879 Ellwood mansion, situated on ten acres of parkland in the heart of DeKalb, Illinois. Originally built for barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood, the site was home to three generations of the Ellwood family from 1879 to 1965.
5009 N First St
DeKalb Illinois, 60115
Hours: Visitor Center galleries are open by appointment from 12:30pm – 4:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. The Ellwood mansion remains closed to visitors at this time.
Pass valid for up to five (5) youth ages 6-17, plus two (2) adults. Not valid for Holiday Tours or Holiday Event Weekend.Website
Geneva Lake Museum
Take a trip back in time, from the Potawatomi culture to the first white settlers, who ran their local businesses. You will also be able to peek in on daily living from an 1880's parlor, a 1900's dining room and two kitchens that compare the "progress" of new inventions. Come touch history! Enjoy the fire station, general store, blacksmith shop, lawyer's office, post office, railroad depot, military room, log cabin and dairy shed.
255 Mill St
Lake Geneva Wisconsin, 53147
Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wednesday-Thursday: Closed Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Two for one. One adult pays and the second is free. Kids under 18 free admission.Website
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie Illinois, 60076
Hours: Monday-Tuesday: Closed Wednesday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (final entry at 4:00 pm)
General Admission- Buy One get One free entry is from 10AM until one hour before the Museum closes (Last entry is 4PM each day except 7PM on Thurs). The Museum reserves the right to request identification upon entry to verify ticket purchase type.Website
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: *Tickets must be purchased in advance Monday-Friday: Closed Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (final entry at 3:00 pm)
2 free passes with the purchase of 2, or 1 free pass with the purchase of 1. Available ONLY during regular season which runs from 4/18 to 10/25 and excluding 7/11,12,18,19.Website
KidsWork Children's Museum
KidsWork Children's Museum is a cultural institution that brings children, families, and the community together to engage in fun, hands-on interactive play so as to nurture life-long learning and discovery.
11 South White Street
Frankfort Illinois, 60423
Hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Buy one admission, get one free.Website
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Your passport to a LEGO® world of color, creativity and fun. All attractions are included in general admission price. Recommended visit time: 1.5 – 3 hours.
601 N Martingale Rd #130
Schaumburg IL, 60173
Hours: Please visit www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago for times open to the public. Scan the QR code on this pass to reserve your date & time BEFORE your visit. ****CLOSED Monday April 12 RESERVATIONS ARE DEFINITELY REQUIRED CODE: MAPASS
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid admission at the door. Individual Door Price Ticket: $24.99 + tax. Children 2 and under are free. Adults MUST be accompanied by a child of suitable age. You must complete your purchase upon arrival and surrender your Museum Pass to receive your discount. https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/?_promoCode=traderesWebsite
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 Museum Shop. Free parking is available.
1220 Kensington Road
Oak Brook IL, 60523
Hours: *Visitors are encouraged to buy timed tickets in advance; a certain number of walk-ins are allowed, but availability depends on how many people are in the museum Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1/2 off admission passes for General Museum Admission Only - Discount not available on Wednesdays or for classes and/or programs. Maximum of five (5) admissions per pass. Can not be combined with any other offer or pass. Pass will be collected at the time of redemtion. Reservations can be made online at www.lizzadromuseum.org/make-your-reservation-here. If purchasing tickets online, use code MAP at checkout to receive discount. Reservations can also be made by calling the Museum at (630) 833-1616. A limited number of walk-ins are allowed each hour. This pass must be presented at check-in with purchased ticket.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: Closed due to Covid-19
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 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: Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1. Buy One Ticket: Get one Free; Maximum of Two (2) free tickets per coupon. Free ticket(s) will be lowest value item(s). 2. Valid for General Admission only: April 1 - October 31. Not valid for special events, or events sponsored on the museum grounds by others with an entry fee.Website
Oriental Institute Museum
Both a pioneering interdisciplinary research center and a world-renowned museum, the OI aims to understand, reveal, and protect the earliest civilizations. The OI presents informative and engaging exhibits and programs on ancient Egypt, Nubia, Israel, Iraq, Iran and Turkey.
1155 E. 58th Street
Chicago IL, 60637
Hours: The OI Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19. Please visit our website for the latest information on re-opening.
One free Museum Explorer's Guide 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: Open; a new tour schedule is to be posted soon online.
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: Jack & Kathy Brens Exhibit Hall Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm by appointment only Sunday: Closed Gift Shop Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday: Closed
15% discount on visitors entire gift shop purchase with some exclusions.Website