Attendance at The Morton Arboretum Tops One Million for Third Year

A group of people stand around with celebratory signs in front of the bookshelves of the Arboretum's library
January 17, 2018

For the third consecutive year, The Morton Arboretum welcomed more than one million visitors, hitting a new record high in attendance.

In 2017, the Arboretum attracted 1,103,902 visitors, with some 162,500 of those attending the wintertime lights exhibition, Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Membership also grew to 46,200 households.

Since 2003, the Arboretum’s attendance has climbed steadily, following a site redevelopment in 2004 designed to expand public outreach, and the 2005 opening of the Children’s Garden. A robust roster of educational programming, visitor services, and activities has brought new audiences to the Arboretum and connected people to the importance of trees.

The 1,700-acre outdoor tree museum offers a full slate of special events throughout the year in addition to Illumination, including Arbor Day festivities in April, the Fall Color Festival, and classes and programs for people of all ages to enjoy, appreciate, and learn about trees. The Arboretum also features the four-acre Children’s Garden, which gives families and children the opportunity to explore trees and nature in fun and interactive ways.