Museums For All

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Museums for All?

Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), and a growing number of museums, botanic gardens, and arboreta to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families. 

How does Museums for All work?

Any Illinois family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known as the Link card) or WIC ID can simply present the card upon entry of the Garden at the gatehouse. This qualifies the vehicle as eligible for a reduced rate parking fee of $10, no matter which day of the week,  time of year, or county of residence. This offer is limited to one card per vehicle.

Is there a limit to the number of people allowed entry under the Museum for All rate?

Access is limited to one passenger vehicle per cardholder. There can be as many people as possible in the car, but only one person in the vehicle needs to have the valid EBT/LINK or WIC ID.

What does the Museum for All rate include?

Reduced parking fee of $10 per vehicle, regardless of county of residence, day of the week, or time of year of visit. Discounts on any other Garden programs, such as Model Railroad Garden, Butterflies & Blooms, tram tours, all ticketed events, or in the Garden View Café and Garden Shop are not included in the Museums for All program.

Do other cultural institutions participate in Museums for All?

The program continues to add new partners. Check here to find other participating institutions throughout the country.

Is there a limit to the number of Museums for All visits an EBT or WIC cardholder can make within a year?

Illinois EBT card or WIC ID holders can visit the Chicago Botanic Garden as many times as they like and receive the Museums for All rate each time.

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

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free every day of the year. So anyone arriving on foot, bike, or via public transportation, may enjoy the Garden grounds for free. The Museums for All program applies to the Garden's parking fee. The Chicago Botanic Garden offers several other free and discounted admissions programs, including:

  • Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel and/or their families, Reservists, and former POWs: free parking every day
  • Kids Museum Passport: reduced parking fee via the Chicago Public Library day-pass program