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Museums for All

The Morton Arboretum is proud to participate in the Museums for All program starting in 2016. Any visitor with a state-issued EBT card (also known as a LINK card) or a valid WIC card is eligible for a special admission rate of $1. This rate can be extended to up to 8 individuals in the same vehicle. Any additional guests must pay full price. This is a general admission discount only, all other Arboretum purchases (gift store, restaurant, tram tours, etc) are full price.

Some frequently asked questions about the Museums for All program:

What is Museums for All?

Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families. The Morton Arboretum is one of only seven cultural institutions in the state of Illinois and currently the only public garden in the nation to sign on to this innovative community-engagement initiative. The program launched at the Arboretum on January 1, 2016.

How does Museums for All work?

Any family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known as the Link card in Illinois) or a WIC card can simply present the card to receive admission for up to eight people per vehicle for $1 per person.

What does Museums for All admission include?

Admission through Museums for All includes access to the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres, including our award-winning four-acre Children’s Garden, with engaging and interactive spaces and activities designed to foster a love of trees and the outdoors. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, biking, and select special events and festivals year-round.

Ticketed events, tram tours, bicycle/ski rentals, and discounts at The Arboretum Store or Ginkgo Restaurant purchases are not included in Museums for All admission program.

Is the Museums for All rate only available on specific days of the week?

The Museums for All admission rate to The Morton Arboretum is available every day during regular hours of operation, from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. A complete list of building hours and holiday closures is available here. All hours are weather permitting, and admission is not refundable.

Why is The Morton Arboretum participating in the Museums for All initiative?

The Morton Arboretum feels strongly that everyone should have access to nature, and we are always looking for ways to engage everyone to be a champion of trees. Partnering with Museums for All allows us to reach a wider audience--to inspire even more people to love trees and advocate for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

What if someone is low-income but does not qualify for EBT or WIC and the Museums for All rates?

The Morton Arboretum offers a variety of free and discounted admissions programs, including:

  • Reduced rates every Wednesday year-round
  • $5 admission after 4:30 p.m. on summer Thursdays (June through August), during Thursday Family Nights
  • Free admission every day for active-duty military
  • Free admission for Bank of America cardholders on the first weekend of every month, through the Museums on Us program.


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