Discounted Admission

The Morton Arboretum is committed to providing opportunities for visitors to affordably access 1,700 acres of trees and nature.

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The Morton Arboretum offers discounted admission every Wednesday.

  • Adults ages 18 to 64: $11
  • Seniors ages 65+: $10
  • Children ages 2 to 17: $8

The Arboretum also offers free timed-entry admission on select holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

The Morton Arboretum offers complimentary admission through the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP).

Members of reciprocal gardens are eligible for up to two free general admission tickets for each visit. The Arboretum’s phased reopening necessitates a timed-entry ticketing system to moderate the flow of guests onto the site at this time. Free passes require that timed-entry tickets be purchased online, and a request for a refund be made at the Visitor Center information desk between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with valid membership card from the home garden.

If you have questions, please email tickets@mortonarb.org or call 630-725-2066 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Check to see if your garden membership is part of the program. Reciprocal benefits do not extend to special event tickets

Active Duty:

The Arboretum provides free admission for active-duty military members and their families by presenting a valid military or military family ID at the gatehouse. Timed-entry passes are not required for admission.

Veteran’s Day:

Veterans and those who accompany them to The Morton Arboretum in the same vehicle do not need to purchase advanced timed-entry admission and will be admitted free of charge on Veteran’s Day. A day spent at the Arboretum is a great way to celebrate being together, find moments of peace in nature, and share a sense of the beauty of our country.

The Morton Arboretum partners with the Museums for All program to offer an affordable admission option.

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 the number of tickets, as well as a phone number so a staff member can reach out to finalize the order. The Arboretum’s phased reopening necessitates a timed-entry ticketing system to moderate the flow of visitors onto the site at this time.

Guests may purchase up to eight 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.

Frequently asked questions about the Museums for All program:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Morton Arboretum partner with Bank of America’s Museums on Us program.

At this time, Bank of America cardholders may obtain free passes only on the first weekend of the month by purchasing tickets online, then bringing your receipt to the Visitor Services desk in the Visitor Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for a refund. If you have questions, please email tickets@mortonarb.org or call 630-725-2066 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.