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Chicago Museum Week 2016

Enjoy a week of discounted admissions extended hours, special programming and more at the best museums in Chicago

Written by
Grace Perry
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If Chicago’s cultural institutions are some of the world’s most impressive, Chicago Museum Week is the crème de la crème. Smack-dab in the middle of an impressive October events calendar, Museum Week offers extended hours, discounted admissions, special guided tours and beyond. When you pair Museum Week with Open House Chicago, Chicago Humanities Festival’s Fallfest and the Chicago International Film Festival, October is perhaps the most cerebral month in Chicago. So stretch your mind and soak in everything these amazing institutions have to teach you. 

View the complete lineup for Chicago Museum Week here

When is Chicago Museum Week?

Chicago Museum Week occurs from October 13–23.

Chicago Museum Week participants

Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

  • price 1 of 4

Take advantage of 25% off admission during Museum Week to enjoy the Adler's slate of talks and workshops: program a rover, hear scientists discuss their...

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

  • price 2 of 4

For this week only, enjoy free gallery tours, family-friendly art activities all day long, a talks from sculptor Richard Nonas, a panel on identity politics in...

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Dig into Chicago's vibrant, gangster-filled past with the Chicago History Museum. Explore after-hours exhibitions with CMS staff and curators, take a guided...

The Field Museum

The Field Museum

  • price 2 of 4

Folks with a EBT or WIC ID card can received $3 admission for up to 6 people at the Field Museum during Museum Week. All Illinois residents get $2 off...

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is always free, of course, so for Museum Week they're offering up a special Fall Fest package exclusive to Museum Week guests. Celebrate fall...

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

  • price 1 of 4

Tuesdays are always free at the MCA for Illinois residents, and Tuesday, October 18 (during Museum Week) is no different. Adult tickets will be $9 throughout...

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

  • price 2 of 4

Weekday visitors will all receive 20% off museum admission, while weekend visitors will recieve 10% off. Not bad either way! On October 21, the MSI will host...

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art

The National Museum of Mexican Art is always free, so during Museum Week you'll get 15% off any gift shop purchases. Marvel at their Dia de los Muertos...

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