Limited Time Offers

Blue Star Museums

MSI is proud to take part in Blue Star Museums, offering free Museum Entry to all active duty military personnel and their families (up to five members) from Armed Forces Day (May 18) through Labor Day. Just present a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, and receive free Museum Entry for yourself and up to five family members. For more information, visit the National Endowment for the Arts FAQ page.

Program valid May 18 to September 2, 2024. Offer must be redeemed onsite and is not available through online ticketing. Not valid with any other offers or ticket packages. No cash value and non-transferable. Not valid for parking, 007 Science, Coal Mine, Giant Dome Theater, tours or other special exhibitions.

Ongoing Offers

Illinois Free Days

Illinois residents receive free Museum Entry* on select dates throughout the year. View Illinois Free Days 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+.)

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.

Free Museum Entry Request

United States military active-duty personnel and veterans also receive $4 off U-505 On-Board Tour tickets for themselves. This discount is available when redeeming the free Museum Entry offer online or in person at Museum ticket counters.

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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Explore More Illinois

Use your library card to save! Illinois residents who are cardholders at participating RAILS and IHLS public libraries can reserve free or discounted admission to MSI and many other attractions statewide. To see details and claim this offer, have your library card ready and visit the Explore More Illinois portal for cardholders.

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). To reserve advance tickets, call (773) 684-1414 and mention Museums for All for fast, contactless admission when you arrive.

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 two 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


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 Resident Discount

City of Chicago residents receive a discount on Museum Entry*: $9 off for adults and $5 off for children (ages 3-11).

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Chicago CityPASS®

Spend less, experience more. CityPASS® tickets save 48% off admission to Chicago’s top 5 attractions – including MSI permanent exhibits and one special timed-entry experience (a $37.95 value). Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over a 9-day period. Purchase online for instant, paperless mobile delivery.

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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 2024

Illinois residents receive free Museum Entry1 on these upcoming dates:

June6, 19

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Schedule is subject to change. More 2024 dates to be announced.

1 No further Chicago residency discounts apply. 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 and certain special experiences are not included in Museum Entry, and require separate admission. (See Ticket Prices on Illinois Free Days and Parking.)

Ticket Prices on Free Days


Museum EntryFree*Free*
Coal Mine tour
Dissect an Eye
Fab Lab workshops
U-505 On-board Tour$18$14
007 Science: Inventing
the World of James Bond

* Free for Illinois residents on select dates. No further Chicago residency discounts apply toward Illinois Free Day prices.