Admission and hours

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

  • Adults ages 18–64, $15 ($10 Wednesdays*)
  • Seniors 65, +$13 ($9 Wednesdays*)
  • Children ages 2–17, $10 ($7 Wednesdays*)
  • Children 1 and younger are free

*Wednesdays are discount admission!

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.

The Morton Arboretum is a 2018 participant in the Blue Star Museums program.

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

Pre-Paid Admission

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 icon2018 Sunset Times (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. (Sept 29, 2018 closes early at 4:00 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)  (Sept 29, 2018 closes early at 1:00 p.m.)
  • Member-only access, Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • June through August: Daily, 9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 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.
  • 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  (Sept 29, 2018 closes early at 1:00 p.m.)

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.   (Sept 29, 2018 closes early at 4:00 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.

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.
  • The Plant Clinic is 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

  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Daily
  • 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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.   (Sept 29, 2018 closes early at 4:00 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 July 4, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Thornhill Education Center

Education Registration office (630-719-2468)

  • Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday 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: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Intermittently closed for rental events)

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