This Sunday, we open at 11 a.m. and stay open until 5:30 p.m. Details


Buying your tickets in advance is the best way to speed your Museum entry, reserve times for experiences that can sell out, and to save on ticketing.

Free Sundays in September!

Click here for information on this special ticket offer.

Museum Entry1

Includes access to most permanent exhibits, including Science Storms and Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, as well as Extreme Ice.

Adult$21.95 $19.95 online2
Child (ages 3-11) – $12.95 $10.95 online2
Members – FREE

Museum Entry +Ticketed Experiences

Explorer ticket packages combine Museum Entry with one, two or three experiences requiring an additional ticket. They include: 

U-505 Submarine On-board TourWOW! Tour • Coal Mine • Giant Dome Theater filmsFab LabFuture Energy Chicago 

Explorer 1: Museum Entry and one of the above 

Adult$33.95 $31.95 online2
Child (ages 3-11) – $21.95 $19.95 online2

Explorer 2: Museum Entry and two of the above

Adult – $45.95 $43.95 online2
Child (ages 3-11) – $30.95 $28.95 online2

Explorer 3: Museum Entry and three of the above

Adult – $57.95 $55.95 online2
Child (ages 3-11) – $39.95 $37.95 online2

Special Exhibitions

The Science Behind Pixar

Adults and seniors: $14
Children (ages 3-11): $11

Buy tickets

Museum Entry does not include parking, special exhibits/events, Giant Dome Theater films, or the Coal Mine, WOW! or U-505 on-board tours. Members receive free Museum Entry up to the admit number on their membership card, which varies by membership level.

Valid for online purchases including paid Museum Entry for a limited time. Not available on Illinois Free Days and cannot be combined with additional discounts. Not valid for tickets purchased previously. See offer details.


The Science Behind Pixar tickets

Members: $7

More about the benefits of MSI membership

Chicago CityPASS

Sightseeing in Chicago? Save 51% with CityPASS
Receive VIP entry at MSI, plus VIP admission to four more top Chicago attractions.

Adult – $106
Child (ages 3-11) – $89

Learn more about CityPASS

Other offers

Illinois Free Days

On 52 days throughout the year, MSI offers Illinois residents free Museum Entry with valid proof of residency. See schedule and details.


See our Discounts page for limited-time deals and ongoing offers, including ones for Chicago residents, active military personnel and veterans, Chicago firefighters and police officers, Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grades) and more.

Group Rates

Special rates available for school and tour groups of 15 or more with four-week advance reservation. For details, see Groups.