Free admission for CPS students at 12 Chicago museums

Free admission for CPS students at 12 Chicago museums
The Art Institute of Chicago. View of Michigan Avenue Entrance. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Museums in the Park president Gary T. Johnson just announced a week of free admission for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students to 12 of the city’s museums in celebration of the new school year.

The week kicks off this Sunday, August 28th through Saturday, September 3rd with an impressive list of Chicago's top cultural institutions participating.

With the price of museum admission often prohibitive for families, this provides the perfect opportunity for students to explore the city's world class museums before school starts, September 6.

In order to be eligible for free general admission, students will need to bring proof of their student ID or a copy of their spring 2016 school report card. Eligible students are allowed to bring one accompanying adult with them who will also receive free general admission--with some sites providing free entrance for the entire family.

Make sure to plan ahead as not all museums are free everyday. Click here for the days, times and deals at each of the participating institutions.

Chicago’s museums not only offer some of the most unique collections in the world, they are education centers that draw students and teachers and inspire people of all ages to learn about and appreciate science, art, history, wildlife and nature.

Also note: The Museum of Science and Industry is partnering with Chicago Public Schools for the tenth year in a row to provide every child in grades K-12 who attends the first day of class with a free family pass to the Museum. The Museum has distributed more than 3.8 million passes to CPS students since the program’s launch.

The video below showcases, The Field Museum--one of the 12 participating institutions.

Here is the list of participating museums and their websites:

The Field Museum: One of the world's top natural history museums, The Field Museum, is home to 30 million artifacts and specimens, exciting exhibitions, and more than 150 scientists, conservators, and collections staff, The museum works to inspire curiosity and tell the story of life on earth.

Adler Planetarium:  The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—provides a laboratory, a classroom and a community featuring interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs and world-class collections.

Art Institute of Chicago: The Art Institute houses everything from America’s greatest collection of Impressionist paintings to an extraordinary collection of modern masters.

Chicago History Museum:  The Chicago History Museum provides the perfect place to look at Chicago's past from the Union Stockyards to the Great Chicago Fire. They also host many special exhibits, tours and events.

The DuSable Museum of African American History:  The DuSable Museum of African American History, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country. The museum showcases achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through the preservation and presentation of our history, culture and art.

Lincoln Park Zoo:  Lincoln Park Zoo, which is always free and open year round is a historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868.  The zoo connects people with nature offering a family-oriented wildlife experience.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Budding artists and art lovers of all ages will enjoy the light-filled galleries of one of the MCA, one of world’s largest contemporary art venues. The museum showcases ever-changing exhibitions that introduce you to artists from Chicago and around the world along with many works in their own collection. The museum also features a unique gift shop.

Museum of Science & Industry:  The Museum of Science and Industry is many children's favorite. Perfect for the whole family, the museum offers over 14 acres of hands-on experiences—all housed in the only remaining building from the White City in the 1893 World’s Fair.  LEGO fans won't want to miss the current exhibition, Brick by Brick.

National Museum of Mexican Art:  The National Museum of Mexican Artsis a true Chicago gem that showcases 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the border, connecting museum visitors to the diversity of Mexican art and culture. The works from the museum’s 10,000-piece permanent collection are exhibited in the bilingual galleries of the first nationally accredited Latino museum in the United States.

Nat’l Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture:  The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture is the only free-standing cultural institution in the nation devoted to showcasing Puerto Rican arts and historic exhibitions year-round.  The Humboldt Park museum is located in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:  Visitors flock to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. The museum also features many other exhibits where visitors can learn informative information on critters and ecology.

Shedd Aquarium: Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing more than 1,500 species of invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds and mammals. Don't miss their new special exhibit, Amphibians, featuring more than 40 species of frogs, salamanders, and rarely seen caecilians.

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