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"Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so do not wait for, or depend on other people."

—Thomas Davidson Professor


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Museum Adventure Passes

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History and culture that excite and inspire, gardens that engage and soothe, hands-on discovery that educates and entertains -- all of these and more are waiting for you through Thornton Public Library.

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Use your Thornton Library card to receive a Museum Adventure Pass and get free admission or a special discount, depending on location, at these Chicago area museums:

Museum Adventure Pass Participating Museums

Air Classics Museum of Air and Space
Arlington Heights Historical Museum
Bronzeville Children's Museum
Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)
Cantigny Park Museum
Chicago Botanic Garden
Children's Museum in Oak Lawn, The
Elgin History Museum
Elgin Public Museum 
Illinois Railway Museum
Lake County Discovery Museum
Legoland Discovery Center 
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Naper Settlement (Seasonal April 1- Oct 31, 2013)
Oriental Institute Museum 
Pleasant Home Foundation
St. Charles Heritage Museum
The Children's Museum of Oak Lawn


Here’s how you can Check out a Museum Adventure Pass at Thornton Public Library:

  1. Visit Thornton Public Library to find out current pass availability. Library staff will be able to check on what is available, and also check out the passes.

  2. Check out a Museum Adventure Pass using your library card at your home library. Libraries have a limited number of passes for each participating organization, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Passes cannot be reserved or checked out online or on the phone.

  3. One Museum Adventure Pass may be checked out per person, per loan period. The loan period is SEVEN DAYS, and will expire after the date printed on the pass.

  4. Admission offers vary per museum. For some, two or four people may be admitted free per pass, or by carload. If admission is free, another special discount will be offered.

  5. Passes are for one-time use and are not transferable. Your name will be printed on the pass, and you may be asked to show identification at the museum. The museum will collect the pass when you visit.

  6. Check the list of participating museums for details on each cultural destination. Find out what discoveries await you, get directions to the museum, and review each museum’s pass entry offer, including any restrictions that may apply.

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Location & Hours

115 E. Margaret St.
Thornton, IL 60476

Mon-Wed-Fri: 10am-5pm
Tues & Thu: 10am-8pm
Sat: 10am-4pm
Sun: Closed