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Veterans Day Weekend Offerings at Chicago’s Museum Campus


Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Field Museum Offer Free Days for Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Museum Campus neighbors Shedd AquariumAdler Planetarium and Field Museumare sharing ways that veterans can enjoy the institutions free of charge. Later in the week, Shedd Aquarium is also offering extended hours to welcome those who might prefer to visit the aquarium in a calmer or quieter environment.

 Sunday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)

  • Adler Planetarium is free for active duty military and veterans with a valid ID in addition to being free for Illinois Residents
  • Field Museum is free for Illinois residents and will offer discounts for non-resident veterans across the holiday weekend. For visitors in need of accessibility tools, the Field Museum for All app can provide visit planning and content resources, as well as a sensory-friendly map.

Monday, Nov. 12 (Veterans Day Observed)

  • Shedd Aquarium is free for all veterans and active duty military with a valid ID
  • Adler Planetarium is free for all Illinois residents with a valid ID

Wednesday, Nov. 14

  • Shedd Aquarium will host its second “Calm Waters” event, which extends hours from 4:30-7 p.m. at the aquarium providing an accepting environment for veterans, guests with disabilities and their family members or companions. The event costs $10 and capacity is limited to ensure guests remain comfortable.

Media Contacts:

Johnny Ford                          Jennifer Howell                            Angelica Lasala
Shedd Aquarium                   Adler Planetarium                         Field Museum                  312-692-2743                      312-542-2424                              312-665-7195
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About Shedd Aquarium

The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sparks compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the globe, Shedd is a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the first U.S. aquarium awarded the Humane Conservation™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals by American Humane, Shedd is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, and supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District.

About Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, almost 600,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the Adler Planetarium is a recognized leader in public engagement. The museum’s scientists, historians, and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to explore space with us.

About Field Museum

Now in its 125th year, the Field Museum is a forward-thinking scientific leader on a mission to explore, protect, and celebrate nature and culture. The Field takes part in groundbreaking research all over the world while maintaining one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts and specimens, used to inspire discovery, spark public engagement with science, and uncover solutions for a better world. To share its scientific and educational mission, the Field welcomes visitors from all over the world every year. For more information, visit us at or follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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