Hours & Pricing

Dear Museum Members and Guests,

Based on the early guidelines outlined in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, the Children’s Discovery Museum built a reopening plan that would welcome back our members, visitors, and staff in July.  Unfortunately, the latest updates to the Phase 4 guidelines are more restrictive than anticipated and the Museum cannot reopen for now.

We know you are disappointed. We are too. The Phase 4 guidelines do not allow for hands-on interactive exhibits in museums to be used at this time. That’s why we are working hard to innovate and find new ways to play together! 

Here is what we are doing:

  1. We will continue to operate in our limited capacity with Day Camps as allowed by Phase 4.
  2. Our leadership is serving on a statewide committee with peer institutions to send state officials a recommended reopening plan specifically for children’s museums.   
  3. We are re-imagining our entire building and museum experience to modify or work around our interactive exhibits to meet the new guidelines so that we can re-open in August.
  4. We are surveying our users to get more input for our plan. Please take a few moments to answer these questions so we are able to better serve you: Click here for Survey.

We will reopen this summer and memberships will be extended once that date is established. Until then, please be patient as we navigate this unexpected obstacle to reopening. This extended closure means your donations, memberships, and store purchases are vital.  So sign up for Day Camp, shop with us in Uptown, and be on the lookout for STEAM activity kits and our Craft Beer BINGO fundraiser!

Thank you for your support,

Beth Whisman
CDM Executive Director

General Admission Fee


  • Members FREE
  • Children Under 2 FREE
  • Adults & Children $8
Paid admission allows access to all floors of the museum, participation in free floor programs, and allows for re-entrance to the museum at any point in the day! Visit the museum for free when you purchase a 12 month membership. View the CDM Member Brochure (PDF).

Blue Star Museum          Free
The Children’s Discovery Museum is proud to offer Blue Star Museum benefits year round.  Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Simply show your military ID card at our admission desk for free admission.  Thank you for serving our country!

Museums for All               $3 Admission
Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and under-served families. 

At the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal, any Illinois family that qualifies for nutrition assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (know as the Link card, WIC or SNAP) can simply present their card with a valid form of Identification, fill out the Registration Form and receive an annual Museums for All Pass.
Each visit, present your Museums for All Pass at our admission desk and receive a $3 admission for up to six people.


General Operating Hours

Day Time
Monday TBD
Tuesday TBD
Wednesday  TBD
Thursday TBD
Friday TBD
Saturday TBD
Sunday TBD

2019-2020 Special Hours

Date  
Saturday, July 4, 2020 4th of July- Closed
Thursday, November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving- Closed
Thursday, December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve- Closed
Friday, December 25, 2020 Christmas Day- Closed
Friday, January 1, 2021 New Year's Day- Closed

All Hours Subject To Change

Annual Shutdown

Stay tuned for the 2020 dates for our Annual deep cleaning of the museum.