How to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

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Did you know that you could take your family to the museum . . . for free? Yes! With a Museum Adventure Pass from your local library, you can visit dozens of Chicagoland museums, zoos, and other places of interest for free or at a discounted rate.

How do you get the Museum Adventure Pass? Easy! Head to your local participating library, listed below, and bring your library card. Check out your family’s pass for the location you would like to visit. You have one week to use the pass and return it for another family. Only one use per check-out period. Enjoy your travels and be sure to tag us @kidlist in your pics!

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Museum Adventure Pass

Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They cannot be placed on hold or checked out online or on the phone. If the pass you are interested in is not available, the librarian will be able to tell you when it is due back.

Brookfield Zoo
8400 W 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 688-8000

  • Pass Benefit: Admits 2. (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and does not include parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies!, Children’s Zoo, Temporary exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.)
  • Regular Prices: General Zoo Admission is $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, and $17.95 for children 3–11. Admission is free for all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Parking is $15 per car. Reservations required. Some attractions priced separately; see the Hours and Prices page.
  • Check out our insider tips for the Brookfield Zoo!

Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161

  • Pass Benefit: Admits 1 vehicle. Limited to one car per use.
  • Regular Price: Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle.
  • Check out our Kidlist What to Expect at Canitgny Park!

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL, 60022
(847) 835-5440

  • Pass Benefit: Half off parking for one car.
  • Regular Price: Admission is free, but there are parking fees as follows. $25 per car, $10 for senior citizens on Tuesdays, $30 per commercial van, $65 per limousine, minibus, bus & RV. Discounts apply for Cook County residents. Active duty U.S. military personnel and/or their families, reservists, and former POWs receive free parking. All visitors must pre-register.

KidsWork Children’s Museum
11 South White Street
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-1199

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one admission, get one free.
  • Regular Price: Admission is free for infants under one; $8 for kids and adults; $7 for seniors. Family memberships are available for $125 per year. Pre-register for you time slot.

Legoland Discovery Center
601 N Martingale Road #130
Schaumburg, IL
(847) 592-9700

  • Pass Benefit: Admits one person free with one paid admission at the door. Adults MUST be accompanied by a child of suitable age. The Center is geared toward families with children 3–10 years old. Reservations required. Use code: MAPASS
  • Regular Price: Online price is $24.99. Children 2 and under are free.
  • Check out our Review of Legoland Discovery Center.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 833-1616

  • Pass Benefit: Half off admission passes for general museum admission only. Discount not available on Wednesdays. Reservations encouraged, as capacity is limited. Use code: MAP at checkout online!
  • Regular Price: Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+), $5 for students and teens, $5 for children (7-12), free for children under 7. Active members of the Armed Forces are admitted free. Wednesdays are free days.

Naper Settlement
523 South Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-6010

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one ticket, get one free; maximum of two free tickets per pass. Valid for General Admission only from April 1 – October 31. Not valid for special events, or events sponsored on the museum grounds by others with an entry fee. Advanced registration is required.
  • Regular Price: Summer rates (April-October) are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $8 for children (4-12). Winter rates (November – March, when buildings are closed) are $5 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+), and $5 for children (4-12). Children under 4 and Naperville residents are always free.

Pleasant Home Foundation
217 Home Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-2654

  • Pass Benefit: Buy 1, get 1 free tour admission.
  • Regular Price: Docent-guided tours are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ or students 18+ with I.D., $7 for kids are 6-18, and free for kids 5 and under. Illinois teachers receive free admission. Self-guided tours are $5 per person Friday through Sunday and free on Thursdays.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum
53 N. Broadway
Aurora, Illinois 60505
(630) 256-4140

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one, get one free of equal or lesser value. Not valid for special events, group tours or programs. Call ahead to schedule your tour.
  • Regular Price: Admission is $5 per person for ages 3 and up. Children 2 and under are free. Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, Illinois 60076
(847) 967-4800

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one get one free entry, from 10:00 am until one hour before the museum closes. Advances reservations required.
  • Regular Price: Adult admission is $15. Senior admission cost $10 and student admission is $8. Children ages 5-11 are $5 and children under 5 are free.

Illinois Railway Museum
7000 Olson Rd (Mailing: PO Box 427)
Union, IL 60180
(815) 923-4391

  • Pass Benefit: 2 free passes with the purchase of 2 or 1 free pass with the purchase of 1. Available 4/18-10/25, excluding 7/11, 12, 18, 19.Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • Regular Price: Adult admission on the weekdays is $11, weekends $15. Seniors 62+ weekday admission cost is $9 and weekends $13. Children ages 2-11 admission on weekdays is $8 and weekends cost $11.

Click here to search for more participating attractions near you.

You can also check out the Explore More Illinois Program.

Participating Libraries

Participating Libraries in the Western Suburbs

Bensenville Community Public Library District
200 South Church Road
Bensenville, IL 60106
(630) 766-4642

Berwyn Public Library
2701 South Harlem
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 795-8000

Brookfield Public Library
3609 Grand Boulevard
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 485-6917

Carol Stream Public Library
616 Hiawatha Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 653-0755

Clarendon Hills Public Library
7 North Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 323-8188

Downers Grove Public Library
1050 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 960-1200

Elmhurst Public Library
125 S Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 279-8696

Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Boulevard
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 366-7171

Franklin Park Public Library District
10311 Grand Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131-2225
(847) 455-6016

Glen Ellyn Public Library
400 Duane Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-0879

Helen M Plum Memorial Library
110 West Maple Street
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 627-0316

Hillside Public Library
405 N. Hillside Avenue
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 449-7510

Hinsdale Public Library
20 E. Maple Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 986-1976

Hodgkins Public Library District
6500 Wenz Avenue
Hodgkins, IL 60525
(708) 579-1844

Indian Prairie Public Library District
401 Plainfield Road
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 887-8760

La Grange Park Public Library District
555 N La Grange Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
(708) 352-0100

La Grange Public Library
10 West Cossitt Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-0576

Lisle Library District
777 Front Street
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 971-1675

Lyons Public Library
4209 Joliet Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 447-3577

McCook Library
8419 W 50th Street
McCook, IL 60525
(708) 442-1242

Naperville Public Library
200 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 961-4100

North Riverside Public Library
2400 Des Plaines Avenue
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-0869

Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 368-7700

Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 383-8200

River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 366-5205

Riverside Public Library
1 Burling Road
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-6366

Thomas Ford Memorial Library
800 Chestnut Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-0520

Villa Park Public Library
305 South Ardmore Avenue
Villa Park IL, 60181
(630) 834-1164

Westchester Public Library
10700 Canterbury Street
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 562-3573

Westmont Public Library
428 N Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 969-5625

Wheaton Public Library
225 North Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 668-1374

Woodridge Public Library
3 Plaza Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517
(630) 964-7899

If you are outside the core area for Kidlist, click here to see the full list of participating Museum Adventure Pass libraries.

For more ways to explore Chicagoland’s great museums for less, check out our article on Museum Free Days and Discounts on Local Fun.

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  • Mil gracias por la axecibilidad a todos e estos eventos gratuitos y culturales de gran enriquecimiento para pe qwueños y grandes..

  • This is good info. How do you use it for Illinois Railway Museum? There is a remark saying “Tickets must be purchased in advance”. Do we have to go there a few days in advance to buy the ticket or is there some code we can enter while doing online ticket purchase?

    • Nicole Majewski
      April 22, 2021 1:33 pm

      Hi Susan! Great question. You have to call the membership office to have them reserve you tickets with your museum adventure pass. (815) 923-4391

      Enjoy your trip!


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