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Mark your calendars! The Museum of Science & Industry free days offer complimentary admission to Illinois residents on several dates in 2019.
This is one of the most popular things to do in Chicago, and for good reason.
The U-505 exhibit features the only World War II German submarine of its kind in the United States (read more about The Lone Wolf), and it’s been at the museum since 1954.
Other popular exhibits include The Great Train Story, a 3,500 square foot model train, and a Boeing 727 jet that was flown into Meigs Field. There’s also a chick hatchery, a Pioneer Zephyr, and a flight simulator for the P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom II, F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Yesterday’s Mainstreet showcases a Chicago street from the 1920s, including a working ice cream parlor.
January, February, and September are the months with the most free admission days.
Admission includes their classic exhibits, from the Great Train Story to the Baby Chick Hatchery.
These free admission days are a great time to take advantage of the many special exhibits, including the WOW! Tour, the inside glimpse of the U-505 Submarine, and one of the awe-inspiring Omnimax movies.
Special exhibits Coal Mine, Omnimax, U-505 Submarine: Optional On-board Tour, WOW! Tour, Future Energy Chicago, and Brick by Brick are $12 for adults and $9 for children 3 – 11.
2019 Museum of Science and Industry Illinois Resident Free Days
The Museum of Science and Industry is free for Illinois residents with valid ID on the following dates in 2019:
January 7–10, 14–17, 21–24, 28–31
February 4–7, 11–14, 19–21, 25–28
June 3 – 5
August 26 – 28
These free days for Illinois residents at the Museum of Science and Industry are a great deal because admission is $18 for adults and $9 for children ages 3 to 11.
Chicago residents save $3 for adults and $1 for children when purchased onsite. Everyone saves $2 if they purchase their tickets online.
Can’t make it on those dates or not an Illinois resident?
There are also free days at the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History, and Adler Planetarium throughout the year. Check out our free museum days guide, which is updated as soon as dates are available.
The Museum of Science & Industry is located at 5700 S Lake Shore Dr.
Museum of Science and Industry Parking
The Museum of Science and Industry has a convenient garage that opens right into the museum. Rates are $22.