Museums For All
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Museums for All?
Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families. Chicago Children's Museum is the first cultural institution in the state of Illinois to sign on to this innovative community engagement initiative.
How does Museums for All work?
Any Illinois family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known as the Link card) or WIC ID can simply present the card or ID to receive admission for up to six people for $3. There must be at least one adult and one child 15 years old or younger to qualify for the Museums for All admission rate.
Is the Museums for All rate only available on specific days of the week?
Any Illinois EBT card (known as the Link card) or WIC ID holder is eligible for the Museums for All admission rate to Chicago Children's Museum anytime during regular hours of operation, including the museum's Member Mornings, every Friday and Saturday at 9 am, and other special member events.
Do other Illinois museums participate in Museums for All?
Chicago Children’s Museum was the first participating cultural institution in the state of Illinois, making Chicago the most populous metropolitan market in the country to launch this innovative community engagement. As Museums for All continues to grow, check here to find other participating children's museums.
Is there a limit to the number of Museums for All visits an EBT or WIC card holder can make?
An Illinois EBT card or WIC ID holder can visit Chicago Children's Museum as many times as they like and receive the Museums for All rate each time. At each visit, there must be at least one adult and one child 15 years old or younger to qualify for the Museums for All admission rate.
Why is Chicago Children's Museum participating in the Museums for All initiative?
Chicago Children's Museum believes every child deserves rich and diverse museum experiences. Our commitment to accessibility pushes us to always seek new ways of removing barriers to museum-going for every member of Chicago's metropolitan community.
What if someone is low-income but does not qualify for EBT or WIC and the Museums for All rate?
Through the support of generous corporations, foundations and individuals, Chicago Children's Museum offers a full suite of free and discounted admissions programs, including:
- Free and subsidized field trips and transportation for school and community groups
- Target Free Family Night - free admission for all every Thursday from 5 - 8 pm, sponsored by Target
- First Sundays - free admission on the first Sunday of every month for children 15 years and younger
- Play For All - free admission on the second Saturday of every month for children and families with disabilities
- Firefighter, Police and Teacher Discount - $5 admission every day
- Military and Veterans - free admission every day for veterans and active-duty military
- Kids Museum Passport - free admission for up to four people through the Chicago Public Library day-pass program
Help Spread the Word
Help us get the word out about Museums for All at Chicago Children's Musem. Download the poster and fact sheet below.
NOTE: The poster is double-sided in both english and spanish