Museums for All

Encouraging increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families.

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.

How does Museums for All work?

Any family that qualifies for state food assistance and possesses an EBT card (known as the Link card in Illinois) or a WIC card may present the card to receive admission for one vehicle with up to eight (8) passengers.

What does Museums for All admission include?

Museums for All enables full access to Cantigny Park’s gardens, museums and special events. Attractions include the inspiring and newly renovated First Division Museum, and the Robert R. McCormick House, a historic home museum and former residence of Cantigny’s benefactor.

Ticketed events, fee-based programs, paid tours, and discounts at Cantigny Shop, Bertie’s Café, Le Jardin or Cantigny Golf are not included in the Museums for All program.

Museums for All Fees
One Vehicle (1-8 ppl)$1/day
Annual Rate $10/year

When is the Museums for All rate available?

The Museums for All admission rate is available every day during Cantigny Park’s regular hours of operation. Hours vary by season. For park hours, including holiday schedules, please click here. Hours are weather permitting, and admission is not refundable.

Why is Cantigny Park participating in the Museums for All initiative?

Cantigny, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, embraces diversity and inclusion, striving to create equitable opportunities for all. In his will, Colonel Robert R. McCormick directed that his Cantigny estate be maintained “as a public park and museum for the recreation, instruction and welfare of the people of the State of Illinois.” The Museums for All program supports this vision for the park as a public resource to be enjoyed by all who wish to visit. We want as many people as possible to enjoy Colonel McCormick’s generous gift to the community.

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

Cantigny Park offers a variety of free and discounted admissions programs, including:

  • Free admission on the first Wednesday of every month
  • Free admission on Armed Forces Day, McCormick Day, Constitution Day and Veterans Day.
  • Free admission (and other benefits) every day for active-duty military and veterans who join the complimentary Cantigny Honor Club.

Honor Club Benefits