Reserve online and save $2 per person on Museum Entry.

Ticket Prices

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. Omnimax 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

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

Limited Time Offers

Sweet Membership Deal

Through Friday, March 3

Save $20 on a new Museum membership when you join in person at MSI. 

Membership allows you to explore more while enjoying a great value. Exclusive benefits include free entry all year, free parking at certain levels, free or discounted special experience tickets, and so much more!

You’ll get invited to an exclusive viewing of MSI’s newest temporary exhibit, Extreme Ice, as well as to our annual Member Camp-In on May 5, and to the Member Open House on July 19.  

Just visit the ticket counter in the Entry Hall before March 3, and enjoy MSI with member benefits during your upcoming spring break!

This offer applies to new, regular memberships purchased at the Museum through March 3, 2017. It cannot be applied to renewals, or combined with any other membership offer. Reciprocal admission benefits require your MSI membership card, which may take up to three weeks for delivery.

Celebrate Black History Month in Hyde Park!

When you visit MSI to enjoy our Black Creativity programming in February, use your MSI ticket to receive $2 off admission at the DuSable Museum of African American History, located near The University of Chicago. 

Are you a member? MSI members can receive the $2 off discount by showing their membership card onsite at DuSable.

This offer is only valid for $2 off tickets to the DuSable Museum of African American History or the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, when you display your membership credentials or museum ticket onsite only. Cannot be redeemed through the Museum’s online ticketing system, ticket kiosks or call center. No refunds will be given for tickets already purchased. Not valid for parking or with any other offers or ticket packages.

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


A year membership to the Museum of Science and Industry is an incredible value. Benefits include free Museum Entry every day, free or discounted passes to special exhibitions, free or discounted Omnimax tickets, free coat check and stroller service, 10 percent discount at stores and restaurants, and free parking at the Household levels or discounted parking at the Individual Premium level.

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Save 54% 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.

Special Offers

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