Hours

The Morton Arboretum is open 365 days a year, from 7:00 a.m. to sunset daily (members-only hours 7:00-9:00 a.m.. Last timed entry is one hour before sunset).

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Hours of Operation

Many of the Arboretum’s gardens and buildings have their own hours, which vary seasonally and in response to inclement weather and public health directives. Before you visit, please check your destination’s hours.

  • The Arboretum grounds are open daily, 365 days a year, from 7:00 a.m. to sunset (members-only hours 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Last entry at 3:00 p.m. during Winter months). Timed-entry tickets or passes are required. The Arboretum closes at sunset and all guests must leave the grounds at that time.

    National Holiday Hours: The grounds are open and free to the public on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (please note that timed-entry tickets are still required).

    The Arboretum is open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, 7:00 a.m. to sunset (members-only hours 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Last entry during winter months is 3:00 p.m., except for Christmas Eve, when the grounds close at 3:00 p.m.).

    Timed-entry tickets or passes are required, even on holidays when admission is free. All buildings and the Children’s Garden are closed on these dates. Portable restrooms are available throughout the grounds.

    Thanksgiving: Normal hours, free admission; last entry at 4:00 p.m. Buildings and Children’s Garden closed.

    Christmas Eve: Buildings and Children’s Garden open; last entry at 2:00 p.m. (grounds close at 3:00 p.m.).

    Christmas Day: Normal hours, free admission; buildings and Children’s Garden closed.

    New Year’s Eve: Normal hours; buildings and Children’s Garden open.

    New Year’s Day: Normal hours; buildings and Children’s Garden open.

     

  • The grounds are open and free to the public on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (members-only hours 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Last entry during winter months is 3:00 p.m., except for Christmas Eve, when the grounds close at 3:00 p.m.).

    Timed-entry tickets or passes are required, even on holidays when admission is free. All buildings and the Children’s Garden are closed on these dates. Portable restrooms are available throughout the grounds.

    Thanksgiving: Normal hours, free admission; last entry at 3:00 p.m. Buildings and Children’s Garden closed.

    Christmas Eve: Buildings and Children’s Garden open; last entry at 2:00 p.m. (grounds close at 3:00 p.m.)

    Christmas Day: Normal hours, free admission; buildings and Children’s Garden closed.

    New Year’s Eve: Normal hours; buildings and Children’s Garden open.

    New Year’s Day: Normal hours; buildings and Children’s Garden open.

  • The Visitor Center is open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The restrooms inside the Visitor Center are currently open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily and the West Pavilion restrooms are open until sunset; closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

  • The Children’s Garden is open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Members are admitted early on Friday, at 9:00 a.m. Severe weather or ice and snow removal may close the Children’s Garden temporarily. Please call ahead during snowy or rainy conditions to ensure access. The garden is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. No rainchecks or refunds are given for expected or unexpected weather-related closures in the Children’s Garden.

  • The Arboretum Store is open daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

  • The garden is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to sunset. Please call ahead during snowy or rainy conditions to ensure access.

  • The Plant Clinic is open for visits or calls, Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (630-719-2424). You may also email plantclinic@mortonarb.org at any time with your tree and plant questions.

    The Plant Clinic is closed on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

  • The restaurant is fully open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

  • An assortment of food and beverages is available for purchase at the Ginkgo Café, open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • The library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

    The library is closed on the following holidays: July 4, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

  • The Education Center is currently closed due to COVID-19 mitigations. You can reach the Education Registration office at 630-719-2468.

  • The Founder’s Room is currently closed due to COVID-19 mitigations. During regular operations, you can visit the Founder’s Room at the Thornhill Education Center Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Founder’s Room is intermittently closed for rental events.