Museums for All


What is Museums for All?

Museums for All (MFA) 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 6 people for $3. There must be at least 1 adult and 1 child 15 years old or younger to qualify for the Museums for All admission rate—there are no exceptions.

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, Saturday, and Sunday 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, click 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 1 adult and 1 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

  • Free First Sundays - free admission on the first Sunday of every month for children 15 years and younger

  • Play Late Thursdays - steeply reduced admission every Thursday at 4-8 pm ($20 for up to 4 people, $5 for each additional person)

  • Play For All - free admission on the second Saturday of every month for children and families with disabilities

  • Teacher Discount - $16 admission for teachers outside the Chicagoland area

  • Military and Veterans - free admission every day for veterans and active-duty military

  • Kids Museum Passport - free admission for up to 4 people through the Chicago Public Library day-pass program