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Museums in Chicago

  1. Art Institute of Chicago

    Admissions

    Adults: $23
    Seniors: $17
    Students: $17
    Children under 14: Free

    Hours of Operation

    Open daily 10:30–5:00
    Thursday until 8:00
    The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
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  2. Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

    Admissions

    Adults General Public: $12 Kids (ages 3-14) General Public: $8

    Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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  3. Shedd Aquarium

    Admissions

    Adults $28.95, Children $19.95

    Hours of Operation

    Fall/winter hours, Sept. 4 to Memorial Day
    9 a.m to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

    Regular summer hours
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Labor Day, Sept. 3.
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  4. Brookfield Zoo

    Admissions

    Adults $16.95 Seniors 65 and Over $11.95 Children (3 to 11) $11.95

    Hours of Operation

    Daily: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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  5. Chicago Children’s Museum

    Admissions

    Children and Adults: $14, Seniors: $13, Children under one: Free

    Hours of Operation

    Daily: 10am-5pm
    Thursday evenings: 5-8pm
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  6. Chicago History Museum

    Admissions

    Adults: $14 with audio tours,
    Seniors: $12 with audio tours,
    Students (13–22 with ID): $12 with audio tours,
    Free for children (age 12 and younger)

    Hours of Operation

    Monday–Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Sunday: 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.
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  7. Field Museum

    Admissions

    They have several ticket options for you to choose from. Advance tickets may be purchased at the will-call booth in person at the Museum before 4 p.m.

    Hours of Operation

    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Last admission at 4 p.m.
    Open every day except Christmas.
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  8. Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

    Admissions

    Adult: $18
    Senior: $17,
    Child: $11

    Hours of Operation

    Daily: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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  9. Swedish American Museum

    Admissions

    Adults: $4,
    Children/students/seniors: $3

    Hours of Operation

    Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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  10. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    Admissions

    Suggested General Admission: $12,
    Students with ID and Senior Citizens: $7

    Hours of Operation

    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm
    Wednesday through Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
    Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day: Closed
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  11. DuSable Museum of African American History

    Admissions

    Adults: $10.00,
    Students & Seniors: $7.00,
    Children Ages 6 to 11: $3.00,
    Children Under 5: FREE

    Hours of Operation

    Tuesday thru Saturday: 10am – 5pm
    Sunday: Noon – 5pm
    The Museum is closed to the public on the following days: Mondays, Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day
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  12. The Renaissance Society

    Admissions

    Free every day

    Hours of Operation

    Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
    Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm
    The museum is closed between exhibitions. Please check our website.
  13. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Admissions

    $9 for Adults
    $7 for Students and Seniors (60+)
    $6 for Children Ages 3 - 12
    Free for Children under 3

    Hours of Operation

    Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is open every day except the first Friday in May, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
    The last admission ticket is sold at 4:30 p.m.
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  14. The Oriental Institute of The University of Chicago

    Admissions

    Admission is Free.

    Hours of Operation

    Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
    Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
    Reduced hours Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
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    National Museum of Mexican Art

    Admissions

    Free Admission Every Day.

    Hours of Operation

    Daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM Closed on Mondays