Museum & Cultural Attraction Passes

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Your Oak Park library card gives you access to free passes, special offers, discounted admission, and other deals at local and state cultural attractions through two programs: Museum Adventure Passes and Explore More Illinois.

Each program offers different attractions and offers, so explore both below!

Museum Adventure Passes

Use your Oak Park Public Library card to receive admission or a special discount at participating Chicago area cultural destinations! Find participating organizations at »

  • Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Borrow one pass per person, per loan period.
  • Availability of passes and museums varies daily.

There are two ways to see what is available and get a pass.

#1 Get a pass emailed directly to you

Request online anytime; approved passes are emailed during library open hours.

  1. Visit to see what’s available now »
  2. Click on “ONLINE Pass Request” next to the museum you would like to visit.
  3. Enter your first name, last name, library card number, and email address and press submit.
  4. Once your request has been reviewed by a library staff member, you will receive an email. (Please note: There is sometimes a short delay in the request being received and the pass being reviewed by library staff. We appreciate your patience!) If your request has been approved,* the email will include an electronic version of your pass.
  5. Download the pass to your device to use electronically or print the pass at home to take with you on your visit.

*Reasons online passes may not be approved: no passes available on the day requested, the requester may already have an active pass for the same museum/organization when the request is made, and/or the requester is not an Oak Park cardholder.

#2 Ask what’s available & pick up at the library

Bring your Oak Park library card to the Main Library Lobby, Maze Branch first-floor desk, or Dole service desk to request a pass.

Use within seven days of receiving your pass

  • COVID-19 restrictions may be listed on your pass, but it’s best to call ahead for all the site specifics.
  • Take the pass, your library card, and photo ID with you on your visit.

More about this program

The Museum Adventure Pass program provides special offers and discounts to library cardholders at unique cultural destinations throughout the Chicago area. Participating destinations include beautiful outdoor spaces such as Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny Park, and Chicago Botanic Garden, historical facilities such as Oak Park’s Pleasant Home Foundation and Naper Settlement, and kid-centric museums Bronzeville Children’s Museum and The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn.

Explore More Illinois

Explore More Illinois offers free passes, discounted admission, and other deals to a wide variety of Illinois cultural attractions. The program is free to you (Oak Park Public Library cardholders) and free to us (as your public library).

The list of participating attractions and their offers change, so please log in to Explore More Illinois to see the most current offerings.

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