What are the Free Museums in Chicago This Month? – May 2019

Are you looking to find out which museums in Chicago are free in May 2019?? We love to go inside the Chicago museums, many of whom are offering free days in May 2019.  Check out our list below and enjoy and fun family FREE activities!


Adler Planetarium:  The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is offering free admission throughout 2019 on Illinois Resident Discount Days.   On these free days in 2019, general admission to the planetarium is free.  There is an additional fee for shows and the Atwood Sphere.  Checkout all the latest free days in 2019 at Adler Planetarium below.    Call 312.922.STAR or click below for discounts and details.

None this month but free on June 3-5, 10-13.    Dates are subject to change. More here.

The Art Institute of Chicago EVERY Thursday Evening except Thanksgiving –  May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — 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 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 —  FREE guided tours are offered every Wednesday at 12 Noon. Tours are limited to 15 guests, first-come, first-served.


Chicago Botanic Garden: This garden spot is FREE every day, but parking can be expensive. Opt to take a train instead — the Union Pacific North line stops right by the entrance.


Chicago Children’s Museum – FREE for all visitors every Thursday, 5-8 pm. — May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 except Thanksgiving  — FREE on the first Sunday of each month (May 5) for children 15 and under.


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Chicago Cultural Center – Always Free everyday


Chicago History Museum – FREE Every Tuesday  –  Free on May 7, 14, 21, 28 – CLICK LINK for more info


Clarke House Museum – CHICAGO’S OLDEST HOUSE – Free on May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


DuSable Museum of African American History – Now Tuesdays — Free on May 7, 14, 21, 28


Glessner House Museum: – Free on Wednesdays on May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


Field Museum:  Enjoy some FREE DAYS during Field Museum Free Days in 2019! There are 52 days a year when basic admission is free in 2019 to Illinois residents – including Second Mondays and EVERY DAY in February 2019. So come on down to the Field Museum at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive

May 2 –  Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.    —    Info: Admission is free for Illinois residents who can provide proof of residency. Discounted passes are also available in person. More here.

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Jane Addams Hull House Museum – Free every day


Loyola University Museum of Art Free on Free on May 7, 14, 21, 28 – – Click to learn more


NEW — McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum – Sundays, May 5, 12, 19, 26


Museum of Contemporary Art Free on Tuesdays on May 7, 14, 21, 28


Museum of Science and Industry:  Come out and enjoy this wonderful Chicago Science and Industry museum on their 2019 free admission days, including 31 FREE DAYS in January and February 2019! (click link at bottom for more information) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago ! The MSI’s ongoing mission has been to inspire the inventive genius in visitors with world-class, permanent and temporary exhibits

None this month –  Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info: Entry is free for all residents who show valid proof of residency. Limited to six children per one accompanying adult. No other residency discounts apply on free days. More here.


Museum of Surgical Science – Free on Tuesdays on May 7, 14, 21, 28


The National Museum of Mexican Art – Free Tuesdays to Sundays


The National Veterans Art Museum – Free Tuesdays to Saturdays


Notebaert Nature Museum – EVERY Thursday Evening except Thanksgiving-  May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Check out the awesome butterfly pavilion!


Shedd Aquarium:  Come on out and enjoy the Shedd Aquarium, which is FREE to Illinois residents on 25 days in January and, February, 2019. These are part of what is called Illinois Resident FREE Days in 2019 when general admission to the Shedd Aquarium is free.  Including these 25 FREE days, Shedd’s has 52 free days in 2019 take advantage of civic and school holidays to make family visits more convenient and the free admission to the Shedd Aquarium, includes the Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, and the Caribbean Reef. Packages including Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and Oceanarium are available at a discounted rate.   In February, the museum will be FREE each week from Monday through Friday all month.

None this month –  Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends

Info: Residents receive free admission with valid ID. Capacity is limited. The Shedd recommends reserving tickets in advance online. More here.

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


Swedish American Museum – Second Tuesday is May 14.


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