Free Museums in Chicago During 2013 Thanksgiving Week

As we approach 2013 Thanksgiving week in Chicago, and we are quite thankful for Chicago’s FREE museums, many of which offer free entrance this holiday week! Check out the free admission days in November 2013 at the Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, DuSable Museum of African American Art, Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago 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: – None this week

The Art Institute of Chicago – None this week

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 – Normally FREE for all visitors every Thursday, 5-8 pm. but closed this week on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Chicago History Museum – None this week

Clarke House Museum – CHICAGO’S OLDEST HOUSE – Nov 27

DuSable Museum of African American Art – Nov  24

Field Museum – None this week

Glessner House Museum: – Nov 27

Jane Addams Hull House Museum – Free every day

Loyola University Museum of Art – November 26

Museum of Contemporary Art – November 26

Museum of Science and Industry – None this week

Museum of Surgical Science – Tuesdays

The National Museum of Mexican Art – Free Tuesdays to Sundays

Notebaert Nature Museum —  Thursdays, but closed on Thanksgiving 2013

Shedd Aquarium – November 25

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

Swedish American Museum – None this week


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