Chicago Museums: Educator and Homeschool Resource Page

as of 9/1/2015, these are the current links to the admission policies for Illinois Educators and or Homeschools at various Museums in Chicago, Il

Adler Planetarium

Art Institute, educator pass

Brookfield Zoo

Chicago Childrens Museum, educator pass

Field Museum, educator pass

Field Museum-field trip

International Museum of Surgical Science

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Photography

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Veterans Art Museum

The Oriental Institute

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Shedd Aquarium-field trip

Shedd Aquarium, educator pass

Smart Museum of Art

Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration

Each Museum has its own policy. Many extend free admission to Illinois Educators. In Illinois, home schools are considered private schools, and the parents are considered educators. You can create an ID with an online template, design your own, or some homeschool groups offer IDs to their members.  Some of the museums allow for free visits for homeschool groups. Some of those field trips may have minimum participants, maximum chaperones, restrictions on days or hours of admission. Some of them require pre-registration. Some of the museums have additional resources available to teachers and educators, such as borrowing materials, classes, and study guides.

Please confirm the details of your planned visit by contacting the museum directly if necessary.

You may also be able to visit the museum of your choice on one of it’s Free Admission days, or borrow a pass from a Chicago Public Library. You may search if a Kid Museum Passport is available at any library on the Chicago Public Library website. Use “Kid Museum Passport” plus the museum name in the search bar.