Saturday, June 03, 2006

Chicago Museums Update

Two of Chicago’s favorite destinations are having free admission days the week of NGS 2006, and a third is offering free evenings!
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Shedd Aquarium - Discount Week: June 4th - 9th
Shedd Aquarium, located on the shores of Lake Michigan at Chicago’s Museum Campus is the world's largest indoor aquarium. During this discount week, general admission is free, and admission to both the Oceanarium and Wild Reef is available for an additional fee. Favorite exhibits at Shedd Aquarium include:

The Oceanarium - Follow the call of the whales through a spruce and cedar rain forest to the water’s edge. Dolphins leap and splash in the harbor while playful otters tumble in a nearby cove. Colorful sea stars cling to rocks in tidal pools. And the beluga whales chirp a welcome.

Lizards and the Komodo King - In this exhibit, guests can explore the world of lizards and learn through several interactive features, including a texture-rubbing station. They can even listen to recordings of geckos barking. This visual exhibit will connect you to more than 25 lizard species, including the crocodile monitor – the world’s longest lizard – the bearded dragon, green tree monitor, caiman lizards, shield-tail agamas and much more. The highlight of Lizards and the Komodo King is certainly Faust, the Komodo dragon. Shedd guests will come face to face with all 8 feet and 120 pounds of him. With his forked tongue, unbelievable size, and ability to take down water buffalo, Faust will show guests why the Komodo is a ferocious predator. The highly visual exhibit will be a feast for the eyes, with larger-than-life images, spectacular video of lizard behavior, and dozens of lizards on display!

For more information, please call 312-939-2438 or visit Advance tickets are recommended and are on sale through Ticketmaster at 312-559-0200 or

Museum of Science and Industry - Discount Week: June 4th - 9th
General admission will be free on these days. Visitor favorites include a coal mine exhibit, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle and a real U-505 submarine. Current exhibits include Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius, and opening June 9, Frogs: A Chorus of Color. Some exhibits require the purchase of special tickets, in addition to the general admission. For details, contact the museum's call center at (773) 684-1414 or see the museum’s website:

Art Institute – Free Evenings
The Art Institute of Chicago has announced new summer and free hours. As of June 3, the galleries will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays until 5:00 p.m. Admission is free on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., featuring live music and museum tours at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Current Exhibitions include: Honoring Heroes in History: Illustrations from the Coretta Scott King Award Books, 2001-2005, Great American Drawings, The Concerned Photographer, Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest. For further information, phone 312-443-3600 or see:

Field Museum - No summer discount days.
The Field Museum is located on Chicago’s Museum Campus. It was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. These objects form the core of the Museum's collections which have grown to more than twenty million specimens.

General Admission entitles you to entry into the Museum, which includes SUE (the biggest T. rex skeleton ever found,) Evolving Planet (which requires a separate timed-entry ticket) and Inside Ancient Egypt as well as exhibitions on many different cultures, mammals, birds, gems, minerals, and plants! Temporary exhibits currently open include:

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, which includes more than 130 priceless artifacts, including treasures from the tomb of the celebrated “boy king” Tutankhamun. All the artifacts in the exhibition are 3,300 to 3,500 years old.

From Fins to Feet. This exhibit features a 375 million year old fossil fish known as Tiktaalik, a “missing link” in the story of how fishes evolved into land-living animals.

The Auschwitz Album: The Story of a Transport. This is an exhibit of black-and-white photographs taken by Nazi S.S. officers of the arrival and imprisonment of Hungarian Jews in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Some exhibits may be in high demand and/or require the purchase of tickets in addition to the price of general admission. For information, see or call 312-922-9410.

Adler Planetarium – No summer discount days.
The Adler Planetarium, located at Chicago’s Museum Campus, is home to more than 35,000 square feet of exhibits, including scale models of the Solar System, ancient astronomical instruments, and interactive adventures. Currently running shows include:

Stars of the Pharaohs, a unique look into the grandeur of ancient Egypt on a giant 360-degree dome screen that is 55-wide and three stories tall.

TimeSpace...Time Travel Only at the Adler, a new show that turns the Adler's StarRider theater into a time machine! See and experience the Big Bang, the Doom of the Dinosaurs, the sudden appearance of Halley's Comet in the Yucatán Sky, Apollo 11's moonlanding and man's first steps on the moon, and a leap into the future to 3001.

Egyptian Nights: Secrets of the Sky Gods. Journey back more than 5000 years to see the sky as the ancient Egyptians did from the banks of the Nile River. Learn about how ancient Egyptians incorporated the sky into their daily lives, civic culture, and spiritual belief system.

For admission prices, show times and other information, phone 312-922-STAR or see


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