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2017 Illinois Free Day Schedule

Illinois residents receive free Museum Entry1 on the following dates:

January10-12, 16-19, 24-26, 31
February1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28
June5-9, 12
September5-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29

1 On Illinois Free Days, Museum Entry is free for all Illinois residents who show valid proof of residency. No further Chicago residency discounts apply on Illinois Free Days. Giant Dome Theater films, Coal Mine and optional U-505 onboard tours, and certain temporary exhibits are not included in Museum Entry, and require separate admission. See Ticket Prices on Illinois Free Days and Parking.

Ticket Prices on Free Days

For Illinois residents on Illinois Free Days.

Museum EntryFreeFree
Coal Mine
U-505 Submarine: Optional On-board Tour
WOW! Tour
Future Energy Chicago
Brick by Brick
Robot Revolution
Giant Dome Theater

Discount requires valid proof of Illinois residency. No further Chicago residency discounts apply on Illinois Free Day prices.

Ongoing Offers

Illinois Resident Free Days

Illinois residents receive free Museum Entry 52 days per year. View our Illinois Free Day schedule to learn more.

Chicago Resident Discount

Chicago residents receive a discount on Museum Entry when purchased onsite: $3 off for adults and $1 off for children.

Always Free

Active duty military, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) receive free Museum Entry for themselves by showing a valid occupational I.D. when purchasing tickets onsite.

Illinois school groups who register for field trips also receive free Museum Entry. 

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Illinois home school groups and families can also receive free Museum Entry. 

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If you’re a member of an Association of Science-Technology Center (ASTC) located more than 90 miles from MSI, you are eligible for free Museum Entry for two adults and all children under 18 living in your home, and an additional guest (adult or child). You must present your science center's membership card with an ASTC logo to redeem this benefit. 

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Great Values


Becoming a member of the Museum of Science and Industry is an incredible value and your 100% tax-deductible membership gift supports science education. Benefits include free Museum Entry every day, free or discounted tickets to special exhibitions and the Giant Dome Theater, free coat check and stroller service, a 10% discount at stores and restaurants, and free parking at the Family membership level (and above) or discounted parking for Dual memberships.

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Save 53% and skip ticket lines with VIP admission to MSI and four other top Chicago attractions: Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago Fast Pass, Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago. Valid for nine days. Buy your CityPASS online, buy it when you arrive at the Museum of Science and Industry, or you can call (773) 684-1414. 

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Go Chicago Card

The Go Chicago Card provides you access to 25 of Chicago's top attractions and tours for a single low price on a single ticket. Save now - buy a one-day, three-day, or seven-day pass at the Museum. 

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Kids Museum Passport

Chicago Public Library cardholders may also take advantage of Chicago Public Library Kids Museum Passports.

Museums for All

Through the Museums for All program, MSI offers free Museum Entry to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card or a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) card, along with a photo ID. Each card holder is entitled to up to two (2) adult Museum Entry tickets and up to six (6) child (under 18) Museum Entry tickets.

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Please note

Under any free admission offer, there is a limit of six children (under 18) admitted per one accompanying adult. (See chaperone ratios and policies for School-led Field Trips and Groups of 15+.)