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Ongoing Offers

Illinois Free Days

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

Limited to six children (under 18) admitted per one accompanying adult. (See chaperone ratios and policies for School-led Field Trips and Groups of 15+.)

Chicago Resident Discount

Chicago residents receive a discount on Museum Entry*: $5 off for adults and $3 off for children (ages 3-11).

Always Free

United States military active-duty personnel and veterans, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (Pre-K through 12th grade) receive free Museum Entry* for themselves by completing this online request form or showing a valid occupational/military status I.D. when purchasing tickets onsite.

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Illinois School Groups

Illinois school groups on registered field trips receive free Museum Entry*.

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

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Kids Museum Passport

Chicago Public Library cardholders may also take advantage of Chicago Public Library Kids Museum Passports, which provides free Museum Entry* for up to four people, with a minimum of one child (under 18) and a maximum of two adults.

Museums for All

Through the Museums for All program, MSI offers free Museum Entry* to individuals and families—regardless of state residency—presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card or a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) card, along with a photo ID. Each cardholder is entitled to free Museum Entry* tickets for up to two adults and up to six children (under 18). Advance reservations are not available for Museums for All.

Members of ASTC Museums

If you’re a member of an Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) institution located more than 90 miles from MSI, you are eligible for free Museum Entry* for up to two adults and four children under 18 who reside in the same household (also at least 90 miles from MSI). One adult must be a member cardholder. Present your science center's membership card with an ASTC logo along with a photo ID to redeem this benefit at Museum ticket counters. Advance reservations are not available for reciprocal admission.

* Offers of free Museum Entry do not include parking, Giant Dome Theater, Fab Lab, or other special exhibitions requiring a ticket purchase. See Ticket Prices on Free Days for more information.

Great Values

Membership

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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Chicago CityPASS

Save 50% and skip ticket lines with premier admission to MSI and four more top Chicago attractions. CityPASS is valid for one general admission to each attraction during its 9-day validity period, so you don’t need to lock into a specific visit date. Purchase online for immediate delivery to your mobile device, or buy at MSI ticket counters for the same low price.

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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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Illinois Free Days

Illinois residents receive free Museum Entry1 on these upcoming dates:

MonthDates
August 202026
September 20209-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30

Pricing is applied at checkout. Schedule is subject to change.

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. Limited to six children (under 18) admitted per one accompanying adult. (See chaperone ratios and policies for School-led Field Trips and Groups of 15+.) Giant Dome Theater films, Fab Lab, 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

TicketAdult

Child
(3-11)
Museum EntryFreeFree
Fab Lab workshops
Giant Dome Theater films
$12
each
$9
each

No further Chicago residency discounts apply on Free Day prices.