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Museums for All

*Museums for All Does not Apply to Special Events, Including Illumination 2020*

The Morton Arboretum continues to closely monitor national and local guidance related to the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Arboretum is currently reopening its grounds and buildings in phases, with adjusted hours and operations aimed at protecting public health. As everyone anticipates the beauty and respite of the Arboretum this summer, the health and safety of guests and employees will remain of utmost importance. 

To ensure your wellbeing, entering and visiting the Arboretum will be different from usual. 

Advance, online timed-entry member passes or guest tickets will be required to ensure paced arrivals and safe attendance levels. Please contact tickets@mortonarb.org or call 630-725-2066 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on any day (except holidays and days we are closed due to weather) to obtain your visitor tickets. Leave a message, and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Visitors will show their EBT card and timed-entry pass at the gatehouse for entry.

The Morton Arboretum has been a proud participant in the Museums for All program since 2016. Any visitor with a state-issued EBT card (also known as a LINK card) or a valid WIC card is eligible for a special admission rate of $1. This rate can be extended to up to 8 individuals in the same vehicle. Any additional guests must pay full price. This is a general admission, daytime discount only, all other Arboretum purchases (gift store, restaurant, tram tours, special events, Illumination, etc) are full price. 

Some frequently asked questions about the Museums for All program:

What is Museums for All?

Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families. The program launched at the Arboretum on January 1, 2016.

How do I purchase timed-entry tickets through the Museums for All program?

The Arboretum’s phased reopening necessitates a timed-entry ticketing system to moderate the flow of visitors onto the site at this time. Through the Arboretum’s participation in the Museums for All program, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cardholders may obtain timed-entry passes in advance of their visits by emailing tickets@mortonarb.org with their desired date, time, and number of tickets, as well as a phone number so a staff member can reach out to finalize the order. Guests may purchase up to 8 passes in this way. Requests must be made 72 hours in advance of the visit. Guests will show their EBT card and timed-entry pass at the gatehouse for entry.

What does Museums for All admission include?

Admission through Museums for All includes access to the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres, including our award-winning four-acre Children’s Garden, with engaging and interactive spaces and activities designed to foster a love of trees and the outdoors. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, biking, and select special events and festivals year-round.

Illumination, ticketed events, tram tours, bicycle/ski rentals, and discounts at The Arboretum Store or Ginkgo Restaurant purchases are not included in Museums for All admission program.

Is the Museums for All rate only available on specific days of the week?

The Museums for All admission rate to The Morton Arboretum is available every day during current hours of operation. The Museums for All program does not apply to Special Events or Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Call us at 630-968-0074 for additional details. A complete list of building hours and holiday closures is available here. All hours are weather permitting, and admission is not refundable. 

Why is The Morton Arboretum participating in the Museums for All initiative?

The Morton Arboretum feels strongly that everyone should have access to nature, and we are always looking for ways to engage everyone to be a champion of trees. Partnering with Museums for All allows us to reach a wider audience--to inspire even more people to love trees and advocate for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.



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