Elmhurst Museum Day

As a family of five, we are always looking for budget-friendly things to do. When I heard about Elmhurst’s Museum Day, I was intrigued. Take a trolley to all the museums in Elmhurst where admission and activities are free?Yes, please! We went last year and had a great time. Read all about our experience and then see what’s new this year.


  • Ride a trolley! The trolley brings you to all the museums.

Museum Day Elmhurst - Trolley

  • Activities at each stop. The Elmhurst History Museum was our starting point and they had plenty of activities to keep us busy including a rubber duck game, make your own sammy, croquet. They probably loved munching on the lemonade and cookies the most!

  • Free! For the whole day, admission is free to each attraction. A great way to see all the museums and the conservatory. Talk about budget-friendly!

The Elmhurst Art Museum is always pretty cool to look at. They had fun crafts for the kids. Plus, I love their “you are beautiful” sign.

Museum Day Elmhurst - Elmhurst Art Museum

Museum Day Elmhurst - Elmhurst Art Museum Activities

See gems at the Lizzadro Museum of Gems. You’ll see the gems displayed in different ways.

Museum Day Elmhurst - Lizzadro Museum

For a little break, the kids love playing around at Wilder Park.

Museum Day Elmhurst - Wilder Park

  • Prizes! Participants who receive stamps at all four locations may qualify for a prize drawing that includes: Classic Cinemas movie tickets, passes to The Hub batting cage and mini golf facility, museum membership packages, Elmhurst City Centre gift cards and more.

2017 Elmhurst Museum Day Activities:

Elmhurst Art Museum: Explore the current exhibition, “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” and create a related work of art.
Elmhurst History Museum: Tour the “House & Home” exhibit from the National Building Museum and “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst” exhibit, watch home improvement paint and tile demos by Home Depot pros, and kids can design a dream bedroom look board to take home. Watch demonstrations of household objects from different era, and exhibit tours. Enjoy complimentary lemonade and cookies.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art: Experience the museum’s fascinating collections of rare stones and precious gems, and make a rockin’ picture frame to preserve special memories.
Wilder Park Conservatory: Discover Elmhurst’s beautiful, historic conservatory and learn about horticulture and conservation. The first 200 families will receive a flower/herb garden starter kit (limit one per family).  

Nitty Gritty:

When:  Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The following attractions will be participating.
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. elmhurstartmuseum.org
Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. elmhursthistory.org
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., www.lizzadromuseum.org
Wilder Park Conservatory, 175 S. Prospect Ave. epd.org
Why: Elmhurst Museum Day is part of an international event designed to remind the public of the value of museums as an important community resource for education, cultural exchange, and development of mutual understanding and cooperation among people. Here are some of the free activities planned for this year’s event:
Cost: FREE