Chicago Museums Offering Free Admission For MLK Holiday

Brandon Ison
January 19, 2020 - 6:03 pm
Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) addresses a rally at a church in Birmingham, Alabama, 14th October 1963.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Need to make plans with the kids for Martin Luther King Jr. Day? A few Chicago museums are coming to your rescue!

On Monday, the following museums are offering free admission to Illinois residents: Adler Planetarium, Chicago History Museum, The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Shedd Aquarium.

Some museums are also offering special programs to honor the civil rights leader.

At the Chicago History Museum, guests can see Writers Theatre's production of "The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights," and enjoy storytelling, live music, and crafts.

The Museum of Science and Industry will open its annual Black Creativity program with a community art experience during Black Creativity Family Day. Black Creativity 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the museum celebrating African-Americans contributions to the arts. The exhibit will runs Jan. 20 to March 1. 

The other museums still provide great options for kids from the new Community PlayLab at Adler Planetarium to the updated Sue exhibit at The Field Museum. 

Guests must show a valid Illinois ID to receive free admission.