Free Museums in Chicago – January 2013

Check out all the Free Days at Museums in Chicago in January 2013 — It is the new year in Chicago and we love Chicago’s FREE museums, many of which host free days in January 2013! Check out the free admission days in January 2013 at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Children’s Museum!


Out-of-state visitors may continue to take advantage of great discounted admission offers that include special prices for seniors, children, educators, active-duty military personnel, museum members and others. Check individual museums’ websites for details. Are there some we are missing? Leave a comment and we’ll add them!


The Adler Planetarium:January: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 28, 29, 30, 31

The Art Institute of Chicago January: Every Weekday from January 7 – January 31

Charnley-Persky House Museum – 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. FREE on the first Sunday of each month (January 6) for children 15 and under.

Chicago History Museum January 21free chicago museums in january 2013

Clarke House Museum – CHICAGO’S OLDEST HOUSE – Wednesdays

DuSable Museum of African American History – Sundays

Field Museum January 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 28, 30

Glessner House Museum: – Wednesdays



Jane Addams Hull House Museum – Free every day

Loyola University Museum of Art – Tuesdays

Museum of Contemporary Art – Tuesdays

Museum of Science and IndustryJanuary 7 – 11, 14 – 18, 21 – 25, 28 – 31

Museum of Surgical Science – Tuesdays

The National Museum of Mexican Art – Free Tuesdays to Sundays

Notebaert Nature MuseumJanuary 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Shedd Aquarium January 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29

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

Swedish American Museum – Second Tuesday is Free – January 8


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  1. How do free days work for college students in Chicago that are from out of state? Would a school ID suffice as proof of residence in most cases? [we don’t know and suggest you call the indivdiual museum]

  2. Yes, as a college student with an out-of-state ID, my university ID was once accepted at the Shedd Aquarium as proof of Illinois residence. Although I’ve only done this once, I would hope that it is a universal practice. In fact, I plan on trying it out to visit the museum of African art and the science and industry museum soon.

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