15 Free Museums in Chicago Part 1 - Kid 101

15 Free Museums in Chicago Part 1

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum is the museum all Chicagoans and tourists passing through Chicago should visit. It is dedicated to share Chicago’s history. The original building burned down during the Great Chicago Fire, in 1871. However, the collection was rebuilt and it is now a reference for researchers, students, and even filmmakers, when it comes to Chicago’s history. Beside offering great discounts during the rest of the year, admission is free for Illinois residents every Tuesday!

Address: 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 6061

Dates and Hours: Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 9 pm

Phone: 312-642-4600

National Museum of Mexican Art

The National Museum of Mexican Art is the perfect place for those interested in learning more about other cultures. Its exhibitions and activities are all about Mexican art and culture. Besides the daily free admission, there are frequently free and paid events that will please the whole family!

Address: 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Dates and Hours: Tue-Sun from 10 am to 5 pm

Email: info@nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Phone: 312-738-1503

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

As the local flora and fauna became less and less present in the Chicagoans’ lives, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum became the destination for those that want to connect with nature without leaving the city. It is known for its greenhouse filled with exotic butterflies and the hands-on science activities provided for younger visitors. On Thursday, Illinois residents visit for free or for a suggested donation.

Address: 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, IL 60614

Dates and Hours: Thu from 9 am to 5 pm

Phone: 773-755-5100

Museum of Contemporary Art

This is Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It communicates with its visitors through exhibitions, collections, performances, and also educational programs. As usually happens with Art Museums, the MCA building is a landmark worth appreciating. It is recognized internationally. Even though admission is always based on donations and you will be able to enter for free, Tuesdays are free for Illinois residents.

Address: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Dates and Hours: Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun from 10 am to 5 pm

Phone: 312-280-2660

DuSable Museum of African American History

For those interested in getting to know more about African Americans’ history, DuSable Museum of African American History will be the perfect fit. It shares with its visitors the experiences, achievements, and contributions of the African American community. With different exhibits, programs, and activities, you will learn more about African and African American history, culture, and art.

Address: 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637

Dates and Hours: Tuesdays from 10 am to 5 pm

Phone: 773-947-0600

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