What museums can I get passes for?

COVID-19 Updates

Please read carefully below for updated admission procedures and check with the museums directly for the most up-to-date information.

Many museums now require proof of vaccination for ages 5 and up as well as identification for ages 16 and up.

Checking out the Museum Passport does not guarantee museum admission. Passport due dates cannot be extended to accommodate a later admission.

Museum Passports set to expire on May 31, 2021 have been extended to expire on May 31, 2022. The Museum Passports will state that they expire on May 31, 2021, but participating museums will continue to honor them through May 31, 2022. 

Unless otherwise noted:

  • The Kids Museum Passport allows a family of four general admission during regular hours.
  • A group must include at least one child under 18 for the pass to be valid.
  • A maximum of two adults are admitted with each pass.
Participating Museums
  • American Writers Museum pass availability 
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free general admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • Art Institute of Chicago pass availability                               
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free general admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • Bronzeville Children's Museum availability      
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free general admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • Brookfield Zoo pass availability                   
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free general admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden pass availability                             
    • Free parking for one vehicle (car level only); admission is always free
    • Kids Museum Passport holders, show your pass when you approach the garden, and you'll be waved through to the parking lot.
  • Chicago Children's Museum pass availability           
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free general admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • Chicago History Museum pass availability                            
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free general admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • DuSable Museum of African American History pass availability             
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free general admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • The Field Museum pass availability                                    
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free general admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center pass availability                               
    • Kids Museum Passport holders must make a reservation in advance for free General Admission tickets. Call 847-967-4862 at least 24 hours in advance of your visit to reserve tickets.
    • Guests will need to present their Kids Museum Passport when they arrive for their scheduled date/time.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo pass availability                                
    • 10 percent discount on food and retail purchases for a family of four; admission is always free.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art pass availability                               
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free General Admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • Museum of Science and Industry pass availability                         
    • Kids Museum Passport holders must make a reservation in advance for free General Admission tickets. Please call (773) 684-1414 in advance of your visit (day before or day of your visit.
  • National Museum of Mexican Art pass availability            
    • 20 percent discount at the museum store for a family of four; admission is always free
  • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture pass availability                
    • 10 percent discount at the museum store for a family of four; admission is always free
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum pass availability         
    • Kids Museum Passport holders can obtain free General Admission tickets on-site at the box office as walk-ins.
  • Shedd Aquarium pass availability                                  
    • Shedd's online ticketing system allows Kids Museum Passport holders to reserve free advance tickets by using a Partner Voucher price type. There is a $3 fee for all online ticket orders.
    • Alternatively, guests can call (312) 939-2438 and reserve tickets with a team member at least 24 hours in advance.
    • Whether tickets are reserved online or by phone, Kids Museum Passport holders will need to show the pass when they arrive at their scheduled time.
    • It is recommended to call or go online for tickets as soon as you check out the pass. 
Temporarily Unavailable

These venues are currently closed:

  • Adler Planetarium
  • McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum (closed for Fall/Winter season)