Free Museums

View Millions of Dollars at the Free Fed Money Museum

Come to the free Chicago Fed Money Museum and view millions of dollars in various denominations and learn to detect counterfeits. Spend some time here and see how the Federal Reserve System impacts your life. Located at 230 South LaSalle Street, the Bank’s Money Museum is free and open to the public year-round from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Bank holidays.

Art Institute’s Free Admission Week for Modern Wing opening

A week of free admission to the NEW MODERN WING at the Art Institute of Chicago kicks off Saturday. Check it out before admission prices are raised next week. The museum’s addition houses its 20th- and 21st-century art collections, including sculpture and contemporary art. May 16 and May 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free, with a non-perishable donation for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 111 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 443-3600, www.artic.edu.

MCA: Free Admission on Second Saturdays – May 9

Every second Saturday the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago invites families to learn about the art of our time through hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts, Look ‘n’ Learn stations, and more. Admission is FREE For families with children 12 and under.
Activities are appropriate for all ages.

Free Admission on Thursdays at Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, offers free admission every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.! One thousand butterflies of every color are there to greet you, as are informative exhibits, programs, discussions, and field trips that let you experience (rather than just read about) man’s connections to nature.

Free Blacksmithing Demonstration

Bring your family to the Kline Creek Farm and see a blacksmith show how people used to use a hammer and anvil to repair metal tools. Kline Creek klinecreekfarm1Farm is a drop-in time machine, a restored farmstead where demonstrators in period costumes show how a DuPage County farm worked in the 1890s.

Free Tours Each Weds at Glessner House

The Glessner House Museum, voted one of the top ten historical houses in America by CNNMoney, is now offering free tours each Wednesday. Allow yourself to travel back into a historically rich period of Chicago history by visiting the beautiful museum built in 1887 by the famous architect, Henry Hobson Richardson.

Art Institute: Thank God for Free Days

The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners approved a monster hike in admission fees to the Art Institute of Chicago yesterday, resulting in a 50 percent increase in adult admission fees and a 70 percent increase in student and senior citizen fees. Visitors can also enjoy free admission from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday during Target Free Thursday Evenings. There are many such free visiting opportunities:

* One late evening per week (Thursdays after 5:00 p.m.) throughout the year
* Two late evenings per week (Thursdays and Fridays after 5:00 p.m.) during the summer (May 31 to August 31)
* The entire month of February
* The week of the opening of the Modern Wing, from May 16 to May 22, 2009