15 Free Museums in Chicago Part 2 - Kid 101

15 Free Museums in Chicago Part 2

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is great for those that are just learning about different art expressions and opening children’s horizons. It includes fine-art from all around the world. Exploring the artistic traditions of faraway countries, you will get to know part of their cultures as well. The permanent collection includes installation art, textiles, Chinese bronzes, and much more! There are over 300,000 works of art for you to appreciate. Best part: if you are an Illinois resident, every Thursday evening you may visit the museum for free!

Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

Dates and Hours: Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm

Email: visitorcomments@artic.edu

Phone: 312-443-3600

Chicago Children’s Museum

Perfect for an evening of fun and educational activities, Chicago Children’s Museum and Target partnered to offer visitors the Target Free Family Night. Every Thursday all visitors will enter for free! The museum is located at Navy Pier and is fully dedicated to children. It offers programs in Arts, Culture, Diversity, Health and Wellness, Language and Literacy, and S.T.E.M. All those aim to be a step in the young visitors’ development.

Address: 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Dates and Hours: Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm

Phone: 312-527-1000

Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Art Museum offers its visitors a change to learn more about art, architecture and design. You will appreciate and create art. It is very focused on children and on sharing what art is with them. There are exhibitions year-round and educational programs and classes. The Museum itself is an architectural landmark. The first Friday of every month comes with free admission!

Address: 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

Dates and Hours: First Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm

Phone: 630-834-0202

Swedish American Museum

The Swedish American Museum includes two main galleries that explore topics on Swedish culture. One of the exhibits is called “The Dream of America” but our main recommendation is that you visit The Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. It is an hands-on exhibit for children on the Swedish immigration. They will be inside a 20-foot steamship on their way from Sweden to America! Entry is free every second Tuesday of the month. You may also like to know there is Swedish food for you to taste!

Address: 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 6064

Dates and Hours: Second Tuesdays from 10 am to 4 pm

Email: museum@samac.org

Phone: 773-728-8111

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago was specially created thinking of children. It aims to motivate them to explore science, technology, medicine, and engineering. Its exhibits explore the evolution of science through the years. Some of those exhibitions are: Coal Mine, U-505 Submarine, Extreme Ice, and Genetics, Numbers in Nature, and the Baby Chick Hatchery. Only during several days of the year will Illinois residents receive free admission.

Address: 5700 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-684-1414

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