Know Before You Go

Plan an enjoyable visit with these helpful tips and information

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The Morton Arboretum strives to provide an excellent experience for all who visit—including ensuring optimal entry when you arrive on-site. As always, we follow state and local public health guidelines. We look forward to seeing you!

Timed-Entry Admission Process

In order to expedite the entry experience, all guests and members must obtain timed-entry admission online prior to arrival at the Arboretum.

Reserving admission at takes just a few minutes and can be completed from a smartphone or computer. Timed-entry admission has greatly reduced wait times at the gatehouse, helping guests secure timely entry. It has also eliminated traffic backups onto the roadway leading into the Arboretum, Route 53.

It will provide you with more predictable access for entry and parking, especially on busy days. We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy more than 1,700 acres of tree-filled landscapes—without delay!

Timed-entry passes are not required for President’s Council or Thornhill Society members. Interested in joining the President’s Council or Thornhill Society? Learn more.

Visit Tip

While admission can be reserved in a matter of minutes, it is recommended to reserve a few days in advance. Popular timeslots may sell out, especially on days with beautiful weather and/or special events.

How Can We Help?

If you need assistance, please contact us: More information about timed-entry admission is included in the Timed-Entry FAQ.

Entering the Arboretum

After you secure a timed-entry pass or ticket online, it will be sent electronically to the email address provided in the transaction process. You can either print it out or show it on your phone to the gatehouse attendant when you arrive. Members must also present their member cards. If members or guests in a group arrive in separate cars, each must have their own ticket or pass to present, either as a printout or on a phone. The gatehouse attendant will scan each ticket or pass.

Companion Admission

A member or guest who requires the help of a companion (whether paid or unpaid) in order to visit, may reserve one complimentary admission for their companion when placing their own paid ticket reservation. For group visits or field trips, please contact our Registrar at or 630-719-2468.

Ensure a Safe Visit

We rely on you to help the Arboretum remain a safe place for all to enjoy. If you are not feeling well, please refrain from visiting until you are fully recovered.

In accordance with State of Illinois COVID-19 guidelines, face masks are optional in all Arboretum buildings.

Plan Your Day

To prepare for a rich and satisfying experience at the Arboretum, find maps and seek out places to visit. Learn about accessibility, dining and shopping, events, and things to do. And discover the amazing Human+Nature sculpture exhibition (included in Arboretum admission)!

Support the Arboretum

We are thankful for the strong and generous support from donors and members who have helped the Arboretum weather the significant financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. But there is still important work to do to help trees. Please make a gift to support the Arboretum. Every contribution makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. You can also become a member or renew your membership to continue your support.