“When are the Remaining 2021 Free Days at the Museum of Science & Industry?”

The remaining Illinois Free Days at the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.), when Museum Entry (general admission) tickets are free for Illinois residents, are the 22nd and 23rd, 29th and 30th of September; the 27th of October; the 3rd, 10th, and 17th of November; and the 8th of December.  Residents of this state must furnish proof of residency.  Click here to learn about other free or discounted ticket offers.  There is a limit of six children (under eighteen) per adult.  Please note, these dates are subject to change.  Currently, one cannot visit the M.S.I. on a whim, as one must purchase tickets in advance.  Pricing is applied at checkout.  Click here to purchase tickets.

Remaining Illinois Free Days in 2021

SeptemberWednesday, September 22, A.D. 2021  

Thursday, September 23, A.D. 2021  

Wednesday, 29, A.D. 2021  

Thursday, September 30, A.D. 2021  
OctoberWednesday, October 27, A.D. 2021  
NovemberWednesday, November 3, A.D. 2021  

Wednesday, November 10, A.D. 2021  

Wednesday, November 17, A.D. 2021  
DecemberWednesday, December 8, A.D. 2021  

This is a good opportunity for homeschooling families (and retired or semi-retired adults with fixed incomes) to see the traveling exhibit Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, which required its own separate ticket, more affordably.[1]  Obviously, this is also true of other exhibits that require separate tickets, as well as Giant Dome Theater films. 

Ticket Prices on Illinois Free Days

Kind of TicketAdultsChildren (3-11)
Museum Entry (general admission)FreeFree
Fab Lab (workshops)$12$9
Giant Dome Theater (films)$12$9
Future Energy Chicago (exhibit)$12$9
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes (traveling exhibit)$18$14

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is open through Sunday, October 24, A.D. 2021.  To enter the exhibit, one must have a separate, timed-entry ticket.  Daytime tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for children (ages three-to-eleven), and $9 for Members.  There are no weekend daytime timeslots left. Right now, the earliest daytime timeslots left open are today, September 22, A.D. 2021; tomorrow, Thursday, September 23, A.D. 2021; Friday, September 24, A.D. 2021; Tuesday, September 28, A.D. 2021; and Wednesday, September 29, A.D. 2021.  Nighttime tickets are available again.  If one purchases tickets to see this exhibit, be forewarned the rest of the M.S.I. will be closed.  Nighttime tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children, and $20 for Members.  The earliest available nighttime weekday ticket timeslots are on Friday, September 24, A.D. 2021; Friday, October 1, A.D. 2021; Thursday, October 7, A.D. 2021; Friday, October 8, A.D. 2021; and Thursday, October 14, A.D. 2021.  The earliest available nighttime weekend timeslots are on Saturday, October 2, A.D. 2021; Sunday, October 3, A.D. 2021; Sunday, October 10, A.D. 2021; and Saturday, October 16, A.D. 2021.  Click here to buy tickets. 

Currently, the M.S.I. is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  However, on Sunday, September 26, A.D. 2021, the M.S.I. will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Friday, October 29, A.D. 2021 will be Member Day, which means that the M.S.I. will be open exclusively for Museum Members (from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).  It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25, A.D. 2021) and on Christmas Day (Saturday, December 25, A.D. 2021).  Masks are required for all visitors ages two-and-over, regardless of vaccination status.

The food court and the coffee shop on the Lower Level (ground floor) in the Central Pavilion’s Lower Court, are closed.  The Museum Kitchen will open in 2022.  Meanwhile, a new restaurant, the Museum Parke Café, with outdoor seating in Beaver Park (between the Henry Crown Space Center and the East Pavilion), on the Lower Level, is open from 10:30 a.m. until one hour before the M.S.I. closes.  Finnigan’s Sandwich Shoppe, off Yesterday’s Main Street, on the Main Level, in the Central Pavilion, is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until one hour before the M.S.I. closes.  Visitors who bring their own lunches can eat them in a tent outside the South Portico (behind the Coal Mine) of the Central Pavilion, in a designated area outside the Ships Gallery, and in the Lower Court.

The address of the M.S.I. is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.

[1] Homeschooling families and homeschooling groups can get free Museum Entry for field trips just like schools.  [Please note, however, the M.S.I. has suspended registration for field trips and other groups until further notice.  Illinois schools can click here and fill out a form to be notified when field trip registration is open again.]  Illinois homeschooling families and homeschooling groups can click here or call (773) 684-1414 to register  to get free Museum Entry tickets and discounted tickets for special exhibits and to see films in the Giant Dome Theater. Homeschooling families and homeschooling groups must register at least twenty-four hours in advance.  They can also register for specially scheduled Learning Labs.  For Learning Labs, be prepared to pay $20 in advance for each student.  The M.S.I. will call the homeschooling family or group in question two business days before the planned trip to confirm the request had been honored.  The tickets will then be available at Will Call in the Entry Hall.  Payments for special activities, including tours, admittance to temporary or touring exhibits, and films in the Giant Dome Theater must be made with credit cards in advance.

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