The Complete List of Every Totally Free Museum in Chicago

Chicago’s Totally Free Museums Await

Almost every museum in Chicago has a yearly number of free days, or weekly free admission, to ensure that you have the chance to explore as many cultural exhibitions as possible. A few of the new museums, like wndr and 29Rooms, are the only exceptions, but we figure that once they’ve been a Chicago staple for a few years, they’ll introduce some more affordably priced days, too.

The good news is that there is also a vast number of Chicago museums that are totally free all year round! Yup, that’s right. You can walk through these halls as many times as you want and probably learn something new every time you go. Museums are a revolving door of knowledge, typically rotating their exhibits to give you a reason to come back. So you should! Take advantage of this awesome wealth of free education that has graced Chicago and go forth into the world, full of new insight and hopefully more open-minded.

These are all of Chicago’s totally free museums. You’re welcome.

busy beaver button museum
Photo Credit: Busy Beaver Button Co.

Busy Beaver Button Museum

3407 W Armitage Ave
Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 AM–4 PM, Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe
Hours:
Daily 7 AM – 9 PM

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington St
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 7 PM, Saturday – Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Chicago Design Museum

108 N State St
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM

Clarke House Museum

1827 S Indiana Ave
Hours: 
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 1 PM and 2:30 PM – Guided Tours Only

depaul art museum
Photo Credit: DePaul Art Museum

DePaul Art Museum

935 W Fullerton
Hours: Monday – Tuesday CLOSED, Wednesday – Thursday 11 AM – 7 PM, Friday – Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

The Edgewater Historical Society and Museum

5358 N Ashland Ave
Hours: Saturday – Sunday 1 PM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday CLOSED

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave
Hours:
Thursday – Tuesday 9 AM – 5 PM, Wednesday 9 AM – 8 PM

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 North Clark Street
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturday – Sunday 10 AM – 6:30 PM

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art

40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston
Hours:
Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM, Wednesday – Friday 10 AM – 8 PM, Monday CLOSED

money museum
Photo Credit: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Money Museum

230 S Lasalle St
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

Museum of Contemporary Photography

600 S Michigan Ave
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W 19th St
Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday CLOSED

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

3015 West Division St
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM, Sunday – Monday CLOSED

National Veterans Art Museum

4041 N Milwaukee Ave
Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday – Monday CLOSED

oriental institute
Photo Credit: Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute Museum

1155 E 58th St
Hours: Thursday – Tuesday 10 AM – 5 PM, Wednesday 10 AM – 8 PM

Smart Museum of Art

5550 S Greenwood Ave
Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM, Monday CLOSED

Ukrainian National Museum

2249 W Superior St
Hours: Thursday – Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Wednesday CLOSED

U.S. Pizza Museum

1146 S Delano Ct W
Hours: 
Friday 1 PM – 8 PM, Saturday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM, Monday – Thursday CLOSED

 

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