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Admission and hours

 

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The Visitor Center is your gateway to the Arboretum. Visitor Services staff are happy to answer any questions you have about your visit. Tickets for tram tours and many special events can be purchased here. More detailed calendars, brochures, and informational handouts are also available. For specific questions, please call Visitor Services at 630-968-0074. 
 

Admission

 

$14 Adults ages 18–64 ($9 Wednesdays*)
$12 Seniors ages 65+  ($8 Wednesdays*)
$9 Youth ages 2–17   ($6 Wednesdays*)

*Wednesdays are discount admission!

Children 1 and younger are free

Admission includes FREE parking. Members always enter for free with valid membership credentials. 

The Morton Arboretum offers free general daily admission year-round to active-duty service men or women with a valid ID.

Please leave pets at home, except for on specially designated days.

See if your membership to other gardens allows a partial admission benefit to The Morton Arboretum.  learn more
 

Interested in attending Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum? Pre-Purchase Illumination Tickets

Want to save a little time at the gatehouse during your daytime visit? Pre-Purchase General Daytime Admission

(General Admission only; discounted Wednesday admission is not available online.) 

Ticket purchasers will receive an email from registeronline@mortonarb.org with a pdf receipt and a pdf containing the tickets. Each ticket purchased will be on a separate page. Each of those ticket barcodes needs to be presented for entry. Tickets can be printed, or they can be displayed on a phone for barcode scanning. Tickets are valid for a year after their purchase date.

Hours

The Arboretum is open 365 days a year! 
The grounds open at 7:00 a.m. year-round and close at sunset

PDF icon2016 Sunset Time (PDF)

 

Visitor Center

January through February: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March and April: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May through October: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
November and December: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Restrooms in the West Pavilion of the Visitor Center are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
 

Children's Garden

March through October: Daily, 9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. on Thursdays)
Member-only access, Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

November through February: Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

June through August: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Severe weather may close the Children's Garden temporarily.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


Maze Garden

Daily, 9:30 a.m. to sunset


The Arboretum Store

January and February: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March and April: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May through October: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
November and December: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  The store will be closed January 9, 2017 for the annual inventory process.
 

Plant Clinic

April through October: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
November through March: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.


Ginkgo Restaurant

Daily, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, additional breakfast hours 9:00 to 10:45a.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; normal hours Christmas Eve.
NoteThe Ginkgo Restaurant will be closed to the public during Breakfast with Santa, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, and 23, 2016.  Also closed on December 24 & 25, 2016.
 

Ginkgo Café

November through February: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March and April: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May through October: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


Sterling Morton Library

Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed December 21 and possibly December 22 for maintenance, December 24-26 as well as December 31-January 2.  In 2017, closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Founder's Room

(Located at Thornhill Education Center)
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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