Museums, Educational Centers, Zoos etc.


List of Educational Field Trips in USA & Canada
Find museums, zoos, aquariums, planetariums, historic houses, nature
centers, cultural centers, and other educational facilities in your area.

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Gallery
10406 S. Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
Hours: Thursday thru Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Open April thru December 1st

Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605-2403
312-922-STAR (24 hour information)
9:30am-4pm Mon-Fri
9:30am-4:30pm Sat-Sun

Museum of Architecture and Design
Chicago, IL
Chicago museum temporarily closed, see link for Schaumburg and Galena locations
Free for Museum Members. Non Museum members $3.00; Students and Seniors $2.00.

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-6404
Open Daily 10:30am–5:00pm
Thursday until 8pm

Free Thursday Evenings:
Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to IL residents every Thursday from 5:00pm-8:00pm

Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
To Brookfield Zoo is open every 365 days of the year!
Daily: 10:00am-5:00pm
General Zoo Admission
Adults $16.5
Seniors 65 and over $11.95
Children (3 to 11) $11.95
Free Zoo Admission:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays & Sundays from January 2nd through February 27th
Free Admission for Military Personnel:
Free admission to all active, reservist, and retired, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo’s admission booths will be admitted free of charge.
Cars $10.00
Buses $15.00
A Cook County parking tax is included.

Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
Monday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
Adults: $8
Children (ages 3–17): $7
Please call for group rate (for groups of 15 or more) or for FREE days.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60000
The Chicago Botanic Garden showcases 26 unique gardens that range from
the romantic English Walled Garden to the wild Midwestern Prairie. Join a guided tour and stroll through the gardens or hop on the tram for a narrated ride. Special events throughout the year include gardening and cooking workshops.
Admission is free. (No pets allowed, except for service animals.)
Parking Fees
$25 per car (including tax)
$10 for senior citizens on Tuesdays (including tax)
$30 per van (including tax)
$65 per limousine, minibus, bus & RV (including tax)
Discounts apply for Cook County residents.
The Garden reserves the right to ask for proof of residency upon entry.
Active Duty U.S. military personnel and former POWs–Please present your ID at the entry gatehouse for free parking (one car/van vehicle per entry).

Chicago Children’s Museum
700 E. Grand Avenue, #127
Chicago, IL 60611
Daily 10am-5pm
Thursday evenings 5pm-8pm
First Sunday of every month: Free admission for ages 15 and under.
Free admission Thursday evenings from 5pm-8pm
Adults – $14
Children & Seniors – $13
Members – Free
Children under one – Free

Chicago Cultural Center
Visitor Information Center
77 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Chicago Greeter is a free service offered by the Chicago Office of Tourism for up to 6 guests. Greeter visits combine walking, buses and trains, and are the perfect orientation to Chicago’s safe and efficient public transit system. Register at least 10 days in advance.
InstaGreeter gives visitors the stellar Chicago Greeter experience without the need to pre-register! These hour-long guided walks of Downtown and seasonally, Millennium Park and Magnificent Mile, are perfect for the visitor with more flexible travel dates, someone whose schedule may not allow for a longer Chicago Greeter visit, or a last-minute guest who cannot register for a Greeter visit 10 business days in advance. no registration required. Walks leave on the half hour beginning at 10 am, last walk at 3pm from the Visitor Center in the Chicago Cultural Center.

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn
9600 East Shore Dr.
Oak Lawn , IL 60453
(708) 423-6709
Click to Plan Your Visit
Hours: Monday – Closed Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat 9:30am-5pm Friday 9:30-8pm Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission: $7.00 per child $7.00 adult $3.00 per teacher $5.00 per senior (55+) Children under one are ALWAYS Free

Clarke House Museum
1827 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL
Chicago’s oldest house, Clarke House is now open to the public. Tours of this 1836 Greek Revival style house reveal what life was like for a middle class family in Chicago, when the city was in its formative years before the Civil War.
Tour Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday
Adults $10, Seniors and Students $9, Children 5 -12 years old $6.

Cosley Zoo
1356 N. Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Admission Wheaton Park District Residents FREE
non resident adult (18-54): $5
non resident senior (55+): $4
children (0-17):FREE

Creation Museum
2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd.
Petersburg, KY 41080
Hours of operation (ET)
Monday–Friday 10am.- 6pm. (March-September, Fridays open until 9pm)
Saturday 9am.- 6pm.
Sunday 12pm – 6pm.
Follow this link for rates on one day admission, two day passes, planetarium, groups, ect.

Discovery Center Museum
711 North Main Street
Rockford, Illinois 61103
(815) 963-6769
Monday – Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, Noon to 5 pm
(Memorial Day to Labor Day), Thursdays until 7 pm
$8.00 per person
Children under 1 and Members FREE
Groups: Special reduced rates are available for groups of 10 or more with at least 10 days advanced registration.

DuSable Museum of African-American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637
Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, Sundays 12–5pm
Adults $3.00
Students and Seniors – $2.00
Children ages 6 to 12 – $1.00, Children under 6, are FREE

Environmental Education Center
2405 Calumet Avenue
Hammond, IN 46325
M-F 8:30a-4:30p
The ReUz room (inside building) has tons of free arts and craft supplies. They also have a nice indoor play area and more activities. Enviroroom in Merrillville, IN
Lake County Solid Waste Management District
Merrillville Municipal Complex
7820 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410
(219) 769-3820
Homeschool Schedule:
FREE Programs Offered:

Exploration Station
Bourbonnais Township Park District
459 Kennedy Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Mondays – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
$6.00 – Adults and Children (12 months and up)
$4.00 – Seniors (ages 55 and better)
FREE – Children under 12 months
$1.00 off admission for active military
$2.00 off for Bourbonnais Township residents

Tuesdays and Thursdays are donation afternoons at Exploration Station. After 2:00pm admission is a suggested $1.00 per person donation. Donation afternoons do not apply to groups of 10 or more.

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
Hours: 9am-5pm daily

Field Museum Critical Thinking Guide – Christian Perspective;

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624-1996
The Conservatory is “Open Every Day of the Year”
Daily Hours: 9am – 5pm
Thursdays: 9am – 8pm
FREE! We do ask for a suggested donation during special events and exhibits. Please check the Shows and Events page for more info.
FREE PARKING is just south of the Conservatory’s main entrance.

Glessner House Museum
1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
Tour schedule:
Wednesday – Sunday at 1 and 3 pm
Adult – $10.00
Student/Senior – $9.00
Children (ages 5 -12) – $6.00
Free day does not apply to groups of ten or more

Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center
11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, IL
Tuesday – Sunday 11am-3pm
Winter closing January 7 – February 11
Admission:  FREE

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610 USA
May – September: Tuesday through Sunday 10am-4pm
October – April: Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4pm
Adults $10
Students & Seniors $6
Tuesdays are FREE

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
20000 Western Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center, Olympia Fields, lL, offers monthly homeschool programs. These programs are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 2:00-4:00pm at Iron Oaks. Environmental topics and themes are shared through games, activities, crafts, discussions and exploration. A current schedule and more information, can be found on the website at

Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. Romeo Rd. (also 135Th St.)
Romeoville, IL 60446
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 4:00 p.m., Sunday

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
University of Illinois at Chicago
800 S. Halsted (MC 051)
Chicago, IL 60607-7017
Tuesday – Friday 10am-4pm
Sunday 12-4pm
Admission: FREE

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Park Zoo is open every day and is FREE
see link for hours and parking fees.

Michigan Ave between Randolph and Monroe St
Chicago, IL
Welcome Center
201 E. Randolph Street
Northwest Exelon Pavilion
park open daily from 6am – 11pm
Welcome Center
fall and winter open daily from 10am – 4pm
spring and summer open daily from 9am – 7pm
Admission: is always FREE

Morton Arboretum
4100 Rte. 53
Lisle, IL 60532
Located 25 miles west of Chicago, the Morton Arboretum is home to1,700 acres of spectacular gardens, world-renowned plant collections and unique natural areas that can be viewed by car, on foot or via the open-air Acorn Express tram. Stop at the Visitor Center, where you can get tour information, grab a bite to eat or pick up a souvenir.
Arboretum Admission Fees
Adults $11 ($7 on Wednesday)
Seniors (65+) $10 ($6 on Wednesdays)
Youth (2-17) $8 ($5 on Wednesdays)
Under the age of 2 are FREE
Admission includes FREE parking!
Members always enter for free!
Free admission on Arbor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas

Museum of Broadcast Communications
400 North State Street, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60610
The MBC is closed to the public at this time as it prepares for its transition into its new home at State and Kinzie in downtown Chicago. The new MBC is scheduled to open late 2008, possibly early 2009.

Marion E. Wade Center
Wheaton College
NW corner of Washington & Lincoln
Wheaton, IL 60187
The Marion E. Wade Center of Wheaton College, Illinois is a major research collection of materials by and about seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.
The Wade Center is open to the general public as well as the Wheaton
College community. There is no admission fee to visit our museum or to use the resources of the Kilby Reading Room.
Regular Open Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday through Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Suggested General Admission $12
Students with ID and Senior Citizens $ 7
MCA Members and Children 12 and under, members of the military FREE Additional fee days include April 1,8, 15, 22, 29

Museum of Science & Industry
57th Street &. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL
Monday – Saturday: 9:30am-4pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm

General admission does not include parking or entrance to Omnimax® and 3-D Theaters, U-505 on-board tour and BODY WORLDS 2.
Omnimax info:

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Tuesday – Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission: FREE, donations welcome

The Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
Monday through Friday – 9am-4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10am-5pm
Adults – $9
Seniors age 60+ and Students ages 13-22 (with valid student ID) – $7
Children ages 3-12 – $6
Thursdays –Suggested Donation Days
Nature Museum members – FREE
Suggested donation for Thursdays is $9 per adult
(applies to groups of less than 10).

Oriental Institute Museum
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10am-6pm
Wed 10am-8:30pm
Sun 12-6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children under 12
If you plan on bringing a group of more than 10 people, please check with the Education/Volunteer Office at 773-702-9507 to avoid gallery congestion.

Settler’s Pond
1301 East Offner Road
Beecher, IL 60401
Visit us from 10:00 a.m. until dusk Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. until dusk on Sundays.
Bring your group for and education and fun day at the Pond! Admission includes
our Indoor Petting Zoo, one feed cup, Mole Farm, Museum, Straw Maze Corn
Maze, Fiberglass Milking Cow, Seed Tables, Egg Display and Putt Putt Mini Golf.
Each child getsa pie pumpkin and each class recieves a large carving pumpkin.
Rides are $1 each and include the Barrel Train Ride, Wagon Ride and our
Carnival Rides.
Settler’s is open for group outings from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week

Shed Aquarium
1200 South Lakeshore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

On our 52 different Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission. This includes the Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, and the Caribbean Reef. Packages including Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and Abbott Oceanarium are available to Illinois residents at a discounted rate. Shedd’s 52 discount days a year take advantage of civic and school holidays to make family visits more convenient.

Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Tues, Wed, Fri 10am–4pm
Thurs 10am–8pm
Sat and Sun 11am–5pm
Admission: FREE

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
FREE – an installation in the Spertus street level vestibule, can be viewed free of charge Sunday-Thursday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Monday-Weds. 8:30 am-6 pm
Thursday 8:30 am-7 pm
Friday 8:30 am-3 pm
General admission: $7, Students and seniors: $5
Children under 5: FREE, Spertus members: FREE
Admission to the 9th and 10th floor galleries is: General: $7, Students and Seniors: $5, Spertus members and children under 5: Free
FREE for everyone:
Wednesdays – 10:00am-Noon
Thursdays – 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Swedish American Museum Center
5211 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-4pm
Admission: Free

Tinker Swiss Cottage
411 Kent St.
Rockford, IL 61102
Guided tours of Tinker Swiss Cottage are available Tuesday-Friday and Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. Please allow at least 1 hour for the tour. The Museum is closed on Mondays and Saturdays.
$5 Adults (18-64), $4 Seniors (65+), $3 students (5-17)
Free for TSCM members and for children ages 4 and younger.