CHICAGO MUSEUM WEEK
EXPLORE CHICAGO’S MUSEUMS IN THE PARK FOR FREE OR DISCOUNTED ADMISSION.
Check out some of the city’s leading institutions for free or at a discounted entry rate during Chicago Museum Week, held January 18-26, 2018. Presented by Museums in the Park, Chicago Museum Week gives both visitors and locals a chance to rediscover some of the city’s cultural gems, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago History Museum and more. Here are some highlights, including special exhibits and events, to help you start planning your Chicago Museum Week itinerary.
Come see a sky show, such as Cosmic Wonder, Planet Nine or Skywatch Live, in the newly renovated Definiti Theater where the viewing experience has been taken to a whole new level.
Families are invited to drop in anytime for free art-making activities in The Artist’s Studio of the Ryan Learning Center daily from 10:30am-5pm. In addition, public gallery tours are offered every day of the week, and are free with museum admission.
Admission is free on Tuesday, and will be discounted 25% on other weekdays and 10% on the weekend, during Chicago Museum Week. While there, check out the new exhibit Race: Are We So Different?, offering an unprecedented look at the history, science and social experiences of race and racism in the United States.
Lincoln Park Zoo is always free and open year ‘round. During Chicago Museum Week, the zoo presents daily special animal programs, plus 10% discounts on food and purchases at the Wild Things! gift shop.
Adult museum admission is $12 throughout Chicago Museum Week, and purchases are 10% off at the MCA Store. Check out the new public gathering spaces that are the result of the MCA’s recent $16 million redesign, and grab a bite to eat at the acclaimed Marisol.
During Chicago Museum Week, get 20% off weekday adult/child admission and 10% off on weekend entry, and roam MSI’s more than 800 science exhibits.
This renowned museum in the heart of the Pilsen neighborhood is always free. Stop by and check out Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the permanent collection; Placemaking & Landmarks: The Creation of Mexican Spaces in la Dieciocho in the Chicago Gallery; and Luis Tapia: Sculpture as Sanctuary in the Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery.
The only museum in the country dedicated to the arts and culture of Puerto Rico is always free. The museum features the exhibit Humboldt Park: Jens Jensen’s “Living Laboratory,” highlighting the life and work of Jens Jensen, a Danish immigrant who served as the superintendent of Chicago’s Humboldt Park in 1895 and went on to become known as the dean of American landscape architecture.
Catch the opening of the new exhibit, Birds of Paradise, on January 18 and take off on a journey to the remote rainforests of New Guinea, land of the exotic birds of paradise. Behold the birds’ cinematic courtship dances, puffed-out plumage and wild calls through video, photography, soundscapes, and displays on research and conservation.