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2019 Free Museum Days Announced

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Posted  5 months ago

Chicago is home to a wide array of world-class museums, featuring everything from art to science, from animals to history. Hitting up all of them could get pricey, but Chicago residents do have the opportunity to pay nothing at all thanks to free days. Plan your 2019 museum visits using the free day listings below.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Every Thursday 5-8 p.m.
Every day of the year for Chicagoans younger than 18

Chicago Cultural Center

Every day of the year offers free admission and free on-the-spot tours

Chicago Design Museum

Tuesday-Saturday year-round

Chicago Zoological Society | Brookfield Zoo

January 1-February 28 every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday

DePaul Art Museum

Every day of the year

Millennium Park

Every day of the year

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Every day of the year

Museum of Science and Industry

January 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28-31
February 4-7, 11-14, 19-21 and 25-28

Adler Planetarium

January 21-22, 29-31
February 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 26-28
April 2-4, 9-11
June 3-5, 10-13
September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
October 7-9, 14-16
November 8, 11
December 2-3, 7, 12-13

Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

Thursdays 5-8 p.m.
The first Sunday of every month
Every day of the year for kids younger than 15

Chicago Fed's Money Museum

Every day of the year

Chicago History Museum

Every Tuesday 12:30-9 p.m. except January 2 and 9 and December 18 and 25
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President's Day
March 4
July 4

DuSable Museum of African American History

Every Tuesday

Field Museum

January 21
February 1-28
April 5-7
May 2
June 26-28

Lincoln Park Zoo

Every day of the year

McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum

Every Sunday while the museum is open from May to October
Every day for children younger than 5

Museum of Contemporary Art

Every Tuesday

National Museum of Mexican Art

Every day of the year

National Veterans Art Museum

Every day of the year

Shedd Aquarium

January 17-21
Every weekday in February

Swedish American Museum

Every second Tuesday of the month
Every day of the year for kids younger than 1

This list will be updated as more information becomes available.