For nine days, the city of Chicago’s top museums are coming together to celebrate Chicago Museum Week. Not only is it a great time to take advantage of discounted admission to some of the best museums in the country, but it is also a great opportunity to expose your kids to quality art, science, and music through creative and unique programming specifically created for Chicago Museum Week.
WHEN IS CHICAGO MUSEUM WEEK
January 18th-January 26th
WHAT MUSEUMS ARE INVOLVED IN CHICAGO MUSEUM WEEK
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago History Museum
DuSable Museum of African American History
The Field Museum
Lincoln Park Zoo
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry
National Museum of Mexican Art
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Shedd Aquarium
Adler Planetarium—25% off admission and 20% off memberships (with valid Illinois ID)
Art Institute of Chicago—Free admission for Chicago and Illinois residents weekdays during Chicago Museum Week
Chicago History Museum—25% off admission Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Chicago Museum Week, 10% off weekend admission, and 20% off memberships (with valid Illinois ID). Free admission on Tuesday.
The DuSable Museum of African American History—50% off admission (with valid Illinois ID) and 50% off family memberships
Field Museum–$2 off admission for Illinois residents
Lincoln Park Zoo—10% off food, beverage and items from the Wild Thing’s shop
Museum of Contemporary Art–$12 adult admission (ages 18 and under are free), 10% discount in the MCA store with Illinois ID. Free admission on Tuesday.
Museum of Science and Industry—20% off museum admission Monday through Friday, 10% off museum admission on Saturday and Sunday with valid Illinois ID
National Museum of Mexican Art—15% discount on the museum gift shop with valid Illinois ID
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture—Free admission
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum—20% off adult admission (with valid Illinois ID), kids under 3 are always free and Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents
Shedd Aquarium—Free admission for Illinois residents on January 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
MY TOP PICKS
Highlights include the butterfly sanctuary and other eye catching displays throughout the nature museum to intrigue even the littlest learners. It is the perfect place to escape the harsh winter and enjoy the sunshine indoors. Oh, and don’t forget that kids under three are free every single day!
Kids can truly become scientists and astronauts through the open play areas, especially in the “Planet Explorers” section. There are also crafting stations set up so kids can create their own rockets and other space inspired crafts.
The Shedd Aquarium is the perfect place for preschoolers to explore, learn, and engage with aquatic animals. My kids love the Polar Play Zone, as well as the massive coral reef tank in the center of the museum. Basically, it is the most beautiful place for an epic I-Spy game…the aquatic version, of course!
School Aged Kids—Museum of Science and Industry
There is something for absolutely EVERYONE at the Museum of Science and Industry. It is perfect for school aged kids, because they can focus on whatever content interest and inspires them, from a 40 foot tornado to Legos and mirror mazes. Just don’t forget to read my tips and tricks before tackling this massive, beautiful museum.
High Schoolers—Art Institute of Chicago
Budding artists of all abilities are sure to be inspired by the vast collections at the Art Institute of Chicago. High schoolers especially love this museum because they are encouraged to bring their own sketch book and create based on the inspiration that surrounds them. Teens always enjoy free admission, and can also visit the Ryan Center for art activities.
What is your favorite Chicago museum?
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