Chicago Museums Offering Free Admission for MLK Day
Museum Campus & more opening their doors to all Chicago residents.
Martin Luther King Day is a little over a week out (January 21), and Chicago’s museums are gearing up in a big way. The Adler Planetarium, Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, and Chicago History Museum are all offering free general admission or events on top of other discounts. Here’s a breakdown on MLK Day by museum.
The Adler is offering free general admission to all Illinois residents, and All-Access Passes are available at $17.95 for adults and $16.95 for children.
The world’s best museum will host a drop-in art-making activity from 10:30 to 5:00. The family-friendly affair will allow you to create your own symbols of friendship and peace. The Art Institute also invites you to check out their exhibit Night Comes Tenderly, Black, which highlights the work of Chicago photographer Dawoud Bey.
Chicago’s marine haven is offering free general admission to Illinois residents on MLK Day and extending their hours until 9 p.m.
Like the rest of Museum Campus, the Field Museum will open its doors to all Illinois residents for free. All-Access Passes are available cost $23 for adults, $20 for seniors & students, and $17 for children.
Not only is MSI free on Martin Luther King Day, but it’s also free to Illinois residents every weekday in January and February. Special exhibits will still require purchase, though they’re relatively cheaper than usual.
Not only is the museum offering free admission, its remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King by hosting a production of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights and a musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir. Visitors will also be greeted with storytelling and crafts in remembrance Dr. King.
Of course, there are also plenty of museums that are already free, both on MLK Day and every other day of the year! Check out our complete list of museum free days to start planning your visit.