Museums For All FAQ

As a Museums for All partner, Shedd offers daily free and discounted admission to eligible low-income families. Participants can present their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to redeem this special offer.

What is Museums for All?

Museums for All is a nationwide joint initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). It encourages increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families. Shedd Aquarium is proud to be the first U.S. aquarium to participate in the Museums for All initiative.

What does Museums for All admission include?

The Museums for All admission includes all permanent exhibits, Underwater Beauty special exhibit, aquatic presentation (subject to availability) and seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to Labor Day weekend). 4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade for all guests.

Who can take advantage of Museums for All admission?

Any family across all 50 states that has a state-issued EBT card with valid ID can redeem up to four tickets to Shedd per EBT card, any day of the week! Of those four tickets, guests 18 and older can obtain Shedd Admission for $3.00 per person. Guests 17 and under are free

Why is Shedd Aquarium participating in the Museums for All initiative?

Shedd Aquarium's mission is to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Museums for All allows us to accommodate more people and provide greater access to our exhibits and programs.

What if someone is low-income but does not qualify for EBT and the Museums for All rate?

Shedd offers a variety of additional discounts and offers, which can be found on our Special Offers page.