Chicago Museum Week 2016: Highlights & deals

Chicago Museum Week 2016: Highlights & deals
DuSable Founders Hall

Chicago Museum Week returns for a second go-around this year from October 13th through October 23rd with an expanded list of participants and programs.

The 11-day celebration puts a spotlight on the city’s second to none cultural institutions with special programming and discounts for Illinois residents.


Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.

The "week" affords a special opportunity to explore Chicago's cultural landscape and add some new institutions--beyond the BIG FIVE (Field, Adler, Shedd, Art Institute and Museum of Science and Industry)--that you may not have visited to your to do list--such as, perhaps, Humboldt Park's Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture pictured here.

This year's returning institutions are featuring various discounts and specials, click on the one you are interested in for details: Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, The Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo*, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art*, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture*, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and John G. Shedd Aquarium.

The 15 additional participating institutions are:

  1. Bronzeville Children’s Museum
  2. Chicago Children’s Museum
  3. Chicago Design Museum*
  4. DePaul Art Museum*
  5. Glessner House Museum
  6. Haitian American Museum of Chicago
  7. Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
  8. Loyola University Museum of Art
  9. McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
  10. Museum of Broadcast Communications
  11. National Hellenic Museum
  12. National Veterans Art Museum*
  13. Oriental Institute Museum* (suggested donation)
  14. Smart Museum of Art*
  15. Swedish American Museum

Illinois residents can expect 10 to 25 percent off admission at institutions that charge admission. Starred institutions are always free admission.


Visit the Folk Art Festival at The National Museum of Mexican Art

“Everyone has that special something they’re curious or passionate about,” said Gary T. Johnson, president, Museums In the Park. “Museum Week gives visitors the opportunity to explore and learn from Chicago’s world-renowned museums and cultural institutions. Whether you’re a local and it’s been a while, or you’re a first-time visitor, Museum Week offers unparalleled options at an unbeatable price.”

Highlights for 2016 include:

  • Program a rover, discover a rock sample from outer space and pretend to be an astronaut at the Adler Planetarium
  • Free art-making activities for all ages at the Artist’s Studio at The Art Institute of Chicago
  • A special exhibit on Abraham Lincoln’s most important speeches at the Chicago History Museum
  • Drapetomanía, an Afro-Caribbean visual arts and cultural display at the DuSable Museum of African American History
  • An entire exhibit on tattoos at The Field Museum
  • A unique harvest celebration at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest
  • Free programming from Chicago artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art

    Inside the MSI

    Inside the MSI

  • The annual Science Works career fair for students and families and an adults-only evening event, MSI After Hours, at the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Annual Folk Art Festival, a Folk Art Workshop and a Drop-In Drawing and Guided Tour at The National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Artistic-scientific approximations about El Yunque Rainforest at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
  • An inaugural Citizen Science Fair at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Animal chats and encounters at the Shedd Aquarium

Click here, for a round-up of free admission days throughout 2016 at Chicago Museums.

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