With all the amazing things museums in the city of Chicago have to offer, (i.e. weather simulators, a WWII submarine, some of the finest paintings in the world and more) admissions costs can add up quickly. Luckily, February is a great time to visit many of Chicago’s museums, not only because they serve as a great escape from the cold, but because many of them are free to Illinois residents on various days throughout the month.
Better yet, when you book a Hop On, Hop off Tour with Chicago Trolley, getting to and from many of these destinations is a breeze! Check out our list of museum highlights offering free admission throughout the month of February.
Free Museum Days: February 2, 5-9, 19-22
The Adler Planetarium has been around since 1930 and is the premier planetarium in Chicago. Located on museum campus, this Hop On, Hop Off Tour stop offers daily exhibitions and presentations that provide kids and adults alike with a chance to explore the beauty and mysteries of our universe.
Experience America’s first steps into space at “Mission Moon,” learn about the robotic rover that’s been investigating Mars in “Our Solar System,” and follow the universe from its humble beginnings at “The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time.” A full day of fun awaits when you hop off at Adler for the day!
Free Museum Days: February 2, 14
The Shedd Aquarium, located on our museum campus Hop On, Hop Off Tour stop, welcomes 2 million guests every year and houses 32,000 animals from the world’s aquatic environments. From the fresh waters of the Great Lakes, to the warm ocean waters off the Caribbean coast, to the wonders of the Amazon, Shedd’s exhibits reveal the fascinating secrets of our planet’s waters. So get your feet wet when you hop off at this museum destination to experience life beneath the waves!
The Field Museum
Free Museum Days: February 1-28
Founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago, The Field Museum has spent more than 120 years in the pursuit of scientific knowledge of the world around us. Inside, you’ll take a trip around the world and back in time, exploring the cultures of Ancient Egypt and the Pacific Islands, while also discovering real dinosaur skeletons and the infamous Tsavo Lions. The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery that kids and adults will love, and encourages a brighter future rich in nature and culture. This is one hop off stop you don’t want to miss!
The Museum of Science and Industry
Free Museum Days: February 1, 5–8, 12–15, 20–22, 26–27
The Museum of Science and Industry, located along Chicago’s south lake shore, is one of the largest science museums in the world – home to 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific discovery and inquiry. Spectacular LEGO marvels of engineering will inspire the builder within you in Brick by Brick, dive below the waves on a real WWII U-505 submarine, and go to Earth’s polar extremes to explore its massive glaciers in Extreme Ice.
There’s endless fun to be had when you plan a visit to this world-class destination. Be sure to include it on your itinerary.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Free Museum Days: Every weekday Feb. 1-2, 5-9, 12-15. Every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. throughout the year. Kids 14 and under are always free.
Founded in 1879, The Art Institute of Chicago is one of Chicago’s oldest institutions and is dedicated to preserving and displaying artwork from around the world. From ancient works of Roman, Greek, and Byzantine Art, to contemporary masterpieces, The Art Institute of Chicago has something everyone will enjoy. Not to mention, they have two stellar gift shops perfect for souvenirs for friends and family back home. This hop off tour stop is the perfect way to round out your trip to the Windy City.
Chicago has some of the most recognized museums and institutions in the world, and luckily for you, many of them have free days in February! If you’re looking for even more ways to save, there are museums in Chicago that are free every day of the year. For a full list of free museums and attractions, check out this this list from Choose Chicago.
If you’re planning a winter trip, be sure to book a Hop On, Hop Off Tour with Chicago Trolley, which will make getting to and from these world-class destinations a breeze. We’ll see you on board!