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The kids are getting out of school and there is no reason why the learning has to stop. One way to keep the education going all summer long is to visit a museum and it doesn't have to cost a lot, either.

You just have to time it out and you'll save a bunch of money and the kids will be yelling "oooh", and "ahhh" all day.

According to Chicagoonthecheap.com, depending on when you head to the windy city is when you'll save money. In fact, many museums are offing free admission on select days. Always make sure you check with the museum before you leave and confirm that the day is free, as schedules can change.


Adler Planetarium: Free general admission for Illinois residents  June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15

Art Institute of Chicago: Free Admission to Illinois residents  every Thursday from 5-8pm.

Chicago Children's Museum offers free entry from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. Children under 1 ye old are always free.

Chicago History Museum: Free admission on July 4th. More free dates TBA.

DuSable Museum of African American History. Free entry every Sunday of the year. .

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum. Everyone can partake in a free certified guide tour Monday-Friday 1PM. Sorry, no samples are given out.

Field Museum offers free general admission for Illinois residents June 21, 22, 23
Additional 2016 dates  will also be announced

International Museum of Surgical Science. Scalpel, check! The museum offers free admission for everyone on Tuesdays, year round.

Loyola University Museum of Art. Tuesdays, year-round, is free admission day

McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum are both offer free entry on Sundays.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.

Museum of Contemporary Photography is always free, everyday.

Museum of Science and Industry: Always a favorite for every child. Illinois residents can get in free:

  • June 1-3, 6-8
  • September 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
  • October 4-6
  • November 3, 10
  • December 1

National Veterans Art Museum offers free admission daily.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is free on Thursdays, but a "suggested donation" is requested, but not required.

Pritzker Military Museum and Library offers free admission May 29th and on Veteran’s Day.

Shedd Aquarium, a very popular destination, offers Illinois residents free entry on

  • June 6, 7, 13, 14
  • September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Swedish American Museum offers everyone free admission on the the second Tuesday of the month, all year round.

Hey, let's admit it, museums aren't just for kids, get out and enjoy some culture, for free!



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