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2020 Free Museum Days

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1 MIN READ - 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 2020 museum visits using the free day listings below.

Adler Planetarium

January 7-9, 20-22
February 4-6, 11-13, 17-20
March 9-12
April 20-23
May 10-16
June 2, 9, 16
August 22-23, 31
September 1-4
October 12-15
November 11, 17-19
December 4-6

The Art Institute of Chicago

General admission is free to Illinois residents every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.
Admission is always free for children under 14
Museum admission is free for Chicago teens under the age of 18
Weekdays from January 27-March 4
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Chicago Cultural Center

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

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 2-9p.m., except December 17, 24, and 31
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President’s Day
March 4
July 4
Every day of the year for Illinois residents younger than 18

Chicago Zoological Society | Brookfield Zoo

Free admission is offered to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military who present a valid ID.

Design Museum of Chicago

Every day of the year

DePaul Art Museum

Every day of the year

DuSable Museum of African American History

Every Tuesday. Military personnel and children under 5 also receive free admission

Field Museum

January 8, 15, 20, 22, 29
February 1-29

International Museum of Surgical Science

January 13-20, 20-24
February 3-7, 10-13, 17-21
November 30
December 1-4, 7-11, 14-18

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

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Every day of the year

Museum of Science and Industry

Illinois residents receive free Museum Entry on these dates:
January 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
February 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27
June 1-3
August 24-26

National Museum of Mexican Art

Every day of the year

National Veterans Art Museum

Every day of the year

Pritzker Military Museum and Library

April 6
May 9, 23, 25
June 14
July 4
August 4
September 11, 18
October 13
November 10, 11
December 7, 13

Shedd Aquarium

January 16-20
Every weekday in February
June 15, 16, 22, and 23

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.