Free Museums in Chicago in August 2017

Check out all the FREE MUSEUMS this month in August 2017 in Chicago, including the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, Chicago Children’s Museum, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the MCA – Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and the Notebaert Nature Museum!.   This is your #1 resource for Free Museum Days in Chicago so here is the complete August 2017 schedule of free museums, with free days and free admissions!


Make sure to check out a number of FREE DAYS and FREE ADMISSION in August 2017 at Chicago area museums. Also, check out the freebies at Millennium Park, an extraordinary testament and home to world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design.  Take your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum, with three floors of engaging and educational exhibits.   Enjoy one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, especially when free on Thursday evenings.





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Out-of-state visitors may love visiting Chicago and continue to take advantage of great discounted admission offers in August 2017 that include special prices for seniors, children, educators, active-duty military personnel, museum members and others. Check individual museums’ websites for details. We also know that Chicago is home to a vital, vast and varied Theatre District where you can enjoy everything from traveling Broadway hits to outstanding spring plays from up and coming Chicago theater companies.


The Adler Planetarium: – August 21 SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY  – – CLICK for more info

The Art Institute of Chicago EVERY Thursday Evening –  August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 — Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

The Block Museum of Art in Evanston – Free Tuesdays to Sundays

Charnley-Persky House Museum – Free on August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 —  FREE guided tours are offered every Wednesday at 12 Noon. Tours are limited to 15 guests, first-come, first-served.

Chicago Children’s Museum – FREE for all visitors every Thursday, 5-8 pm. — August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 —  FREE on the first Sunday of each month (August 6) for children 15 and under.

Chicago History Museum – Every Tuesday  —  CLICK LINK for more info

Clarke House Museum – CHICAGO’S OLDEST HOUSE – Free on August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

DuSable Museum of African American History – August 6, 13, 20, 27free-chicago-museums-april 2016

Field Museum – August 10, 28, 31  – CLICK LINK for more info

Glessner House Museum: – Free on August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30




Jane Addams Hull House Museum – Free every day

Loyola University Museum of Art – August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

NEW — McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum – Sundays, August 6, 13, 20, 27

Museum of Contemporary Art – August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Museum of Science and Industry –   None this month – CLICK for more info

Museum of Surgical ScienceAugust 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

The National Museum of Mexican Art – Free Tuesdays to Sundays

The National Veterans Art Museum – Free Tuesdays to Saturdays

Notebaert Nature Museum – August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Check out the awesome butterfly pavilion!

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Shedd Aquarium — August 28, 29 – CLICK for more info

Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago – Free every day

Swedish American Museum – Second Tuesday is Free – August 8




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