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You Can Visit One Of These 13 Chicago Museums Free Of Charge Next Month

By Stephen Gossett in News on Aug 29, 2017 4:50PM

Image via Adler Planetarium's Facebook page.

More than 1,000 museums across the country are allowing free admission one day next month—including more than a dozen right here in Chicago.

Each year, Smithsonian Magazine partners with museums for Museum Day Live!, which allows visitors to stop in at participating spots on Sept. 23, free of charge. Here's a list of Chicago museums from which you can choose, including some lesser-known gems, we're happy to see:

- Adler Planetarium
- Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
- Busy Beaver Button Museum
- Chicago History Museum
- DuSable Museum of African American History
- Glessner House Museum
- International Museum of Surgical Science
- Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
- Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
- National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
- National Hellenic Museum
- Smart Museum of Art
- The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

But take note, you can't just waltz in on Saturday, Sept. 23 expecting free admission, if you don't register first. So be sure to peruse the list of Illinois museums here and get your ticket here ahead of time. You can also select only one museum for free admission from the list, so make sure you pick the one you really want before submitting.

The free ticket grants general admission for the ticket-holder, plus one guest. Find out more information here.

And don't forget also that this week, several museums and cultural institutions are allowing free admission for CPS students this week. You can find that list of participating spots here.


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