When are the Remaining Free Days at the Museum of Science & Industry in 2022?

There are fourteen Illinois Free Days remaining at the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) in 2022: ten in September, two in October, and two in November.  The remaining Illinois Free Days in 2022 are September 6th and 7th, 12th through the 15th, 19th and 20th, 26th and 27th; October 4-5; and November 1st and 8th.  This schedule is subject to change.  Please keep in mind even when Museum Entry (general admission) tickets are free it is still necessary to acquire Museum Entry tickets.  There is a limit of six minors (under eighteen) per parent (or another adult chaperone).  Pricing is applied at checkout.  Obviously, the usual Chicago residency discounts are not applicable on Illinois Free Days.[1]  Certain people can always have the Museum Entry ticket fee waived.[2] 

Remaining 2022 Illinois Free Days at the Museum of Science and Industry

SeptemberTuesday, September 6, A.D. 2022  

Wednesday, September 7, A.D. 2022  

Monday, September 12, A.D. 2022  

Tuesday, September 13, A.D. 2022  

Wednesday, September 14, A.D. 2022  

Thursday, September 15, A.D. 2022  

Monday, September 19, A.D. 2022  

Tuesday, September 20, A.D. 2220  

Monday, September 26, A.D. 2022  

Tuesday, September 27, A.D. 2022  
OctoberTuesday, October 4, A.D. 2022  

Wednesday, October 5, A.D. 2022  
NovemberTuesday, November 1, A.D. 2022 (All Saints Day)  

Tuesday, November 8, A.D. 2022  

Keep in mind that when Museum Entry tickets are free for Illinois residents, tickets for special events, special exhibits, or to see a movie in the Giant Dome Theater are not free.  This is a chance, though, for individuals, couples, and families who would find it cost prohibitive to have those experiences, go through those special exhibits (which are often touring exhibits that parade from one major museum to another in the biggest cities around the world), or see those movies without having the added expense of having to pay for Museum Entry.  These free days in September, October, and November are especially good news for families with small children not yet in school and for homeschooling families.  LEGO® fans are in luck, too, because the traveling exhibit The Art of the Brick has been extended through mid-January.

The Art of the Brick features over 100 of Nathan Sawaya’s artworks comprised of millions of LEGO® bricks, made its Chicago debut at the M.S.I. on Friday, February 10, A.D. 2022).  [This exhibit was not created by The LEGO® Group.  However, The LEGO® Group has recognized Mr. Sawaya as both a LEGO® Master Builder and a LEGO® Certified Professional.]  The exhibit was originally scheduled to run through yesterday, Monday, September 5, A.D. 2022 (Labor Day).  However, by popular demand the M.S.I. extended The Art of the Brick through Monday, January 16, A.D. 2023.

Figure 1 Credit: The Art of the Brick Caption: This is artist Nathan Sawaya working in one of his studios on July 17, A.D. 2010.

As of now, tickets for The Art of the Brick are $14 for adults and $11 for children (between the ages of three-and-eleven); tickets for the Coal Mine tour are $12 for adults and $9 for children (3-11); tickets for Dissect an Eye are $12 for adults and $9 for children; tickets for FabLab workshops are $12 for adults and $9 for children; and tickets for the U-505 Onboard Tour are $18 for adults and $14 for children. If one parks in the underground garage, it will cost $22 per vehicle.

Please note that as of now neither the M.S.I. nor any other major museum in Chicago is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day this year. I will be posting a separate article about which museums will be free on Museum Day, which is coming up next week.

Masks are no longer required to walk around the Museum of Science and Industry.  However, visitors must don masks in certain confined spaces, including while taking the onboard tour of the U-505, the tour of the Coal Mine, participating in Dissect an Eye at MSI, and participating in workshops at the Wanger Family Fab Lab.

The Museum of Science and Industry is located in Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago. Currently, the Museum of Science and Industry is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.

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[1] Currently, Chicago residents enjoy $5 off per adult and $3 off per child on Museum Entry.

[2] Active-duty U.S. military personnel and veterans, Illinois P.O.W.s, Chicago police officers, Chicago firefighters, and Illinois teachers (preschool-through 12th Grade) can click on this link and fill out the Free Museum Entry Request form.  Alternatively, they can show their military or occupational identification cards when getting tickets onsite.

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