Please note: If you received a Sept. 19 email from MSI regarding a change in admission policy, we have suspended the launch of the policy change at this time.
Home School Admission
Individual families from Illinois with fewer than 15 students receive free general admission Monday through Friday except during holiday periods. Parents receive free general admission as well. No advance reservations are required. You will be asked to fill out a free admission slip at the ticket counter. Omnimax movies, tours and special exhibits requiring an additional ticket are not offered at a discounted rate for individuals.
Illinois home school groups of 15 or more students receive free Museum Entry and regular school group discounts for Omnimax movies and special exhibits. Click here for school group pricing. Advance reservations and payment are required. Out-of-state home school groups can receive discount tickets offered to out-of-state school groups. One chaperone is needed for every 10 students. Reserve your visit online or by calling (773) 684-1414.
Experience the thrill of scientific discovery in the Museum's hands-on Learning Labs. Home school groups may register for one of our regularly scheduled Learning Labs offered from September to June. Labs have a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 students, and each lab is $120 (or $140 for special labs) for the entire group. Reserve a group lab by making a field trip reservation online or by calling (773) 684-1414.
Individual home school students can sign up for special Learning Labs. Advance payment of $20 per student is required. Labs are limited to 20 students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meet the Learning Lab educator at the Information Desk on Main Level 2 15 minutes before the start of the lab. Parents and siblings are encouraged to walk around the Museum during the program.
Tips for Your Visit
Arrive in time: Plan to get to the Museum at least 30 minutes before any scheduled program such as Learning Labs, Omnimax movies or ticketed exhibits. An individual or group who is registered for a Learning Lab must meet at the Information Desk on Main Level 2 15 minutes before the start of the lab.
Take part in our Live Science Experiences: From dissecting an eyeball to taking part in a discussion about climate change, our daily Live Science Experiences make students part of the action. These programs are offered at no additional cost.
Make lunch plans: Pre-registered home school groups (of 15 or more) may reserve a lunch time in the student cafeteria. Other groups are invited to eat in the Brain Food Court.
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