Know Before You Go

Plan an enjoyable visit with these helpful tips and information

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The Morton Arboretum is fully open to members and guests with timed-entry admission. As always, we follow state and local public health guidelines. We look forward to seeing you!

Timed-Entry Admission Process

Timed-entry admission ensures an optimized and expedited member and guest entry process, with the added benefit of reducing crowding at the Arboretum. Each member or guest, including children and infants, must have an advance reservation to enter the Arboretum at a specific date and time. Tickets are not available at the gatehouse.

Entry times are honored for one hour after the time on the entry pass or ticket; those who arrive outside that one-hour window may be denied entry.

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.

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.

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.

Masks are required indoors by the State of Illinois, regardless of vaccination status. This includes the Visitor Center, The Arboretum Store, The Plant Clinic, Sterling Morton Library, and the Thornhill Education Center. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks outdoors. Unvaccinated (and partially vaccinated) individuals should wear masks outdoors when unable to maintain a social distance of six feet.

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.