Chicago Museums That Are Closed Because of Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemicon March 16, 2020 at 6:04 pm

Chicago museums started shutting down this past weekend, some with closures all the way through April, so we figured we’d give you a complete list to keep up with the chaos. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends avoiding gatherings of over 50 people, so even if some museums are open, consider staying home to avoid the spread of the virus.

Shedd Aquarium

Closed through April 6

Museum of Science + Industry

Closed through April 6

Adler Planetarium

Closed through April 6

Field Museum

Closed through March 29

Art Institute of Chicago

Closed through March 28

Lincoln Park Zoo

Closed through April 10

Chicago Botanic Garden

Canceled all programs through March 31, grounds will remain open 9 am – 5 pm

Brookfield Zoo

  • All Indoor Zoo Facilities & Buildings Closed Through At Least April 1
  • Outdoor Zoo Facilities & Exhibits Remain Open 10 am – 5 pm
  • All Zoo Events & Large Gatherings Canceled Through At Least April 1

Chicago Children’s Museum

Closed through March 31

Chicago Cultural Center

Closed through April 12

Chicago Fed’s Money Museum

Closed Indefinitely

Chicago History Museum

Closed Indefinitely. Still open on 3/17 as a polling place for the 2020 Democratic Primary Elections.

Clarke House

Closed through April 12

Design Museum

Closed through April 12

DePaul Art Museum

Closed through March 19

DuSable Museum of African American History

Closed through March 31

Garfield Park Conservatory

Canceled programs through March 31, grounds will remain open 9 am – 5 pm

Illinois State Museum

Closed through April 10

International Museum of Surgical Science

Closed Indefinitely

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Closed Indefinitely

Museum of Contemporary Art

Closed through March 29

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Closed through April 8

National Museum of Mexican Art

Closed through March 29

Poetry Foundation

Canceled all programs through March 31

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Closed for 30 days, starting last Saturday

Smart Museum of Art

Closed through March 30

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