Chicago Museum Week 2016

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

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Edsel Little

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

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 research, join the hunt for a new ninth planet and watch astronomers debate hot topics in an epic Astronomy Slam.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

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 contemporary art and late-night access to the new exhibition, Moholy-Nagy: Future Present in the iconic Modern Wing. Plus, there's free admission for Illinois residents on the evenings of Oct 13 and Oct 20.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Buy tickets
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 tour of "Chicago: Crossroads of America," head out on city-wide history tours and more. 

Book online
DuSable Museum of African American History
Things to do Book online

DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African-American History​ is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and one of the first of its kind. Celebrate African-American culture and uncover an oft-ignored side of American history with up to 50% off museum admission and half price family memberships during Museum Week.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
The Field Museum

The Field Museum

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 admission to see the latest exhibitions: "Tattoo," "Full Circle: Lakota Artist Rhonda Holy Bear" and "Drawing on Tradition: Kanza Artist Chris Pappan."

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Buy tickets
Lincoln Park Zoo
Things to do Buy tickets

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 with this family-friendly harvest fest right in the heart of the city.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Buy tickets
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art

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 the entire week, so seeing the MCA's many varied exhibitions is a little easier for everyone. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

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 an after-hours "oddities and curiosities" party for adults only (read: there will be cocktails). 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
National Museum of Mexican Art
Museums

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 collection, as well as the extensive array of folk art. From 6pm to 8pm on October 21, enjoy drop-in drawing hours and/or a free guided tour of the museum.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
Museums

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture is settled right in Humboldt Park—the park itself, not just the neighborhood. It's always free, and exhibits an impressive collection of work by Puerto Rican artists. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Show more

Chicago Museum Week archives

2015 Chicago Museum Week lineup
News

2015 Chicago Museum Week lineup

The slate of museums from the first-ever Chicago Museum Week

Comments

0 comments