To begin your Museum Adventure, visit the Deerfield Public Library to check out a pass. http://www.museumadventure.org/
Admission offers vary per museum and are included with each listing below.
Get up close and personal with an A-7E Corsair II Navy Attack Bomber, a combat veteran from Desert Storm that flew from the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy. Be the pilot of a Huey helicopter of Vietnam fame.
44W546 US Route 30
Sugar Grove IL, 60554-9886
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Opens for the season on April 7.
Admits one person (senior, adult or child) free with one paid adult admission Saturday and Sunday only, plus 10% off in gift shop. One pass per family/group.
First and only African American children’s museum in the nation. Exhibits are designed for children ages 3-9.
9301 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago IL, 60617
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Hourly guided interactive tours: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
CLOSED: Sunday & Monday for special events.
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is two admissions per family.)
A world leader in animal care, conservation, and education.
1st Ave. and 31st St.
Brookfield IL, 60513
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
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.)
In addition to vast formal gardens, 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.
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton IL, 60189
November-April: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
May-October: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
*NOTE: CLOSED Mondays, except President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Columbus Day. CLOSED all of January and Monday-Thursday in February. Also closed Nov. 23 & 24 and Dec. 24, 25, & 31.
Admits 1 vehicle. Limited to one car per pass.
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: 8 a.m. -7 p.m.
Extended hours: Early June-Labor Day, 7 a.m. -9 p.m.
Admits 1 car at 50% off per pass.
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: Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. -4 p.m. (Now open year round.)
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
Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day): Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Non-Summer (Labor Day to Memorial Day): Saturday & Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
10% Discount on all museum store purchases
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
Weekend operations: 10:30 a.m. -5 p.m., grounds 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Weekday operations: 10 a.m. -4 p.m., grounds 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*See full schedule to see which days the museum is open.
2 free passes with the purchase of 2, or 1 free pass with the purchase of 1.
Your passport to a LEGO® world of color, creativity, and fun. Attractions include; Miniland, Jungle Expedition, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, LEGO Factory Tour, 4D Cinema, LEGO City Construction Site, Model Builder Workshop, Build and Test area, and more! All attractions are included in general admission price. Recommended visit time: 1.5 – 3 hours.
601 N Martingale Rd #130
Schaumburg IL, 60173
Monday-Friday: Noon– 7 pm (last ticket sold at 5 p.m.)
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. –7 p.m. (last ticket sold at 5 p.m.)
Admits one person (senior, adult or child) free with one paid admission at the door. Individual Door Price Ticket: $19.00. Children 2 and under are free. Adults MUST be accompanied by a child of suitable age…the Center is geared toward families with children 3-10 years old.
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 gift shop. Free parking is available.
220 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst IL, 60126
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. -5 p.m.; Closed Mondays and major holidays.
1/2 off admission passes for General Museum Admission Only -Discount not available on Fridays.
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: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. -5 a.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. -8 a.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m.; Closed Mondays.
Admits 2 free for regular museum admission.
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 over 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
Winter Hours (November-March): Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
Summer Hours (April-October): Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. -4 p.m. Closed Monday.
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.
Presents informative and engaging exhibits and programs on ancient Egypt, Nubia, Israel, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. Come to the museum store, the Suq’s holiday sale, December 1 – 9! Nonmembers receive 15% off and members receive 20% off entire store.
1155 E. 58th Street
Chicago IL, 60637
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.- 8:00 PM; Sunday noon – 6:00 PM.
CLOSED: Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
One free Kid’s iPod tour of the Egyptian Gallery per pass. General admission is free (donation suggested).
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: Tours Thursday -Sunday. Docent Guided ours at noon & 1 p.m. Self Guided tours 2-4 p.m.
CLOSED: Major Holidays
Buy 1, get 1 free Tour Admission.
Exhibits highlight early settlers, agriculture, industry, education, the Richard Riot, millionaires, and tourism in the Roaring Twenties.
215 E. Main Street
St. Charles IL, 60174
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. -4 p.m.
CLOSED: Sundays, Mondays, and Major Holidays
15% discount on visitors entire gift shop purchase with some exclusions.
5100 Museum Drive
Oak Lawn IL, 60453
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CLOSED: Mondays & major holidays.
Pay for one adult and the child gets in free. If additional people are with you, each of them pays the regular admission price. Limit 1.