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Let your library card be your guide to fun and learning around the state

Get special offers and discounts at participating cultural institutions across the state with your library card using Explore More Illinois and the Museum Adventure Pass. 

Museum Adventure Pass

The Museum Adventure Pass is a physical single-use pass that can check out with your library card. You can use it to access over a dozen museums and attractions around the area, including the Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny Park, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and the Naper Settlement. Please check the individual institutions for availability and current hours before you arrive. 

What does a Museum Pass offer and how do I get one? 

Terms vary by venue, but passes are good for free or buy-one-get-one admission to most attractions. ​See passes available to Northbrook Library cardholders. Click the ONLINE Pass Request link next to each pass that you would like to request from the library. After you enter your library card number and email, our staff will be in touch with you about picking up the pass. Checkouts are limited to one pass at a time per family

Explore More Illinois

Explore More Illinois provides Northbrook Library cardholders instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues across the state. The discounts and offers are always available, and unlike the Museum Adventure Pass, you don't need to check out a physical pass—just use your library card number and password to print or instantly download a pass to your mobile device.

How do the passes work and how do I get one?

Each library cardholder ages 18 and older can reserve up to two Explore More Illinois passes at a time. To see available passes and register for one, get started at Explore More Illinois by entering your library card number. You can browse for passes and available offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction name, or location. More attractions will continue to be added to this program, so check back often.

How do I make a reservation?

To use an Explore More Illinois pass, you need to make a reservation for a specific date. Use the calendar to select the date then choose the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear and a confirmation email will be sent. You will also get a reminder email three days before your reservation. It is recommended to print or download your pass shortly before your visit. Once you print or download your pass, you cannot cancel your reservation—it will remain active until after the date on the pass. Two active reservations are allowed per library card.

What do I need to bring to the attraction on the day of the reservation?

You will need to bring a photo ID and either a smartphone with the pass available on the phone or a printed copy of the pass. Some attractions require a printed copy, which will be indicated when you make the reservation.

Can I use Explore More Illinois or the Museum Adventure Pass to get free or discounted admission to major Chicago attractions?

No, many Chicago museums, including the Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum are not included in the Explore More Illinois or Museum Pass programs. However, many of these Chicago museums offer free admission days, which you can find on the Choose Chicago and Chicago Parent websites.