Explore More Illinois: Information for Libraries

Explore More Illinois will make it possible for RAILS member libraries to offer free passes, discounted admission, and other deals from a wide variety of Illinois cultural attractions to library cardholders.

This program will be provided as a service to our member libraries, and there will be no cost for RAILS libraries to participate. Details about joining Explore More Illinois will be available soon.

Explore More Illinois is a new program developed and managed by RAILS. It is separate and distinct from the Museum Adventure Pass administered by Libraries First.

How it will work

Cardholders will reserve all passes/discounts online. Libraries will not need to manage and administer physical passes.

This video from our service provider Quipu Group demonstrates how the pass program will work for library cardholders.

Other information for participating libraries

  • We will launch Explore More Illinois in 2019.
  • Your library will need to register for Explore More Illinois. Your patrons will not be able to participate unless your library is a participant. Stay tuned for more details on how to register.
  • Your library will need to link to Explore More Illinois via your website.
  • Each library will have a unique URL to include on their website.

Publicizing the program to your community

  • RAILS will provide customizable templates for promotional materials that libraries will be able to use to publicize the program to their communities. Stay tuned to this website for further details.
  • To recommend a museum or cultural attraction for the program, please contact info@exploremoreillinois.org. Places that have already been suggested are listed below.

(Note: This is not a list of attractions that have agreed to be Explore More Illinois partners. These are just venues that we have contacted or will soon be contacting about the program.)

Click the column headers to sort by name or by city.

Alton Little Theater Alton
Alton Museum of History and Art Alton
National Great Rivers Museum Alton
Riverfront Amphitheater Alton
Amboy Depot Museum Amboy
Aikman Wildlife Adventure Arcola
Argonne National Laboratory Argonne
Blackberry Farm Aurora
Paramount Theatre Aurora
Phillips Park Zoo Aurora
SciTech Museum Aurora
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Bartlett
Lederman Science Center Batavia
Boone County Historical Museum Belvidere
16th Street Theater / Berwyn Cultural Center Berwyn
Berwyn Route 66 Museum Berwyn
Horse and Buggy Museum Biggsville
Bishop Hill Historic Site Bishop Hill
Ewing Cultural Center Bloomington
Prairie Aviation Museum Bloomington
Exploration Station Bourbonnais
Strickler Planetarium Bourbonnais
Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo Brookfield
Byron Museum Of History & Lucius Read House Byron
African American Museum of Southern Illinois Carbondale
Science Center Carbondale
Champaign County Historical Museum Champaign
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion Champaign
Orpheum Children's Science Museum Champaign
360 Chicago Observation Desk Chicago
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Chicago
Adler Planetarium Chicago
American Writers Museum Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago
Artistic Home Chicago
Beverly Art Center Chicago
Chicago Architecture Foundation Chicago
Chicago Children's Museum Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center Chicago
Chicago History Museum Chicago
Chopin Theatre Chicago
DePaul Art Museum Chicago
DuSable Museum of African American History Chicago
Field Museum Chicago
Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago
International Museum of Surgical Science Chicago
Irish American Heritage Center Chicago
John G. Shedd Aquarium Chicago
Lincoln Park Conservatory Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago
Loyola University Museum of Art Chicago
McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
National Hellenic Museum Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago
National Veterans Art Museum Chicago
Newberry Library Chicago
Oriental Institute Museum of University of Chicago Chicago
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago
Poetry Foundation Chicago
Polish Museum of America Library Chicago
Pritzker Military Museum & Library Chicago
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company Chicago
Richard H. Driehaus Museum Chicago
Robie House Chicago
Smart Museum of Art Chicago
Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago Chicago
Windy City Playhouse Chicago
Niabi Zoo Coal Valley
Cahokia Mounds Collinsville
Vermillion County Museum Danville
Vermillion County War Museum Danville
Children's Museum of Illinois Decatur
Hieronymus Mueller Museum Decatur
Macon County Historical Society Decatur
Scovill Zoo Decatur
Ellwood House Museum Dekalb
Glidden Homestead Dekalb
Northern Illinois University Art Museum DeKalb
Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU Dekalb
John Deere Historic Site Dixon
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Dixon
Edwardsville Children's Museum Edwardsville
Wildey Theatre Edwardsville
Children's Theatre of Elgin and Fox Valley Theatre Company Elgin
Elgin Public Museum Elgin
Hemmens Cultural Center Elgin
Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum Elizabeth
Planetary Studies Foundation Earth & Space Science Museum Elizabeth
Elmhurst Art Museum Elmhurst
Elmhurst History Museum Elmhurst
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Elmhurst
American Toby Jug Museum Evanston
Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop & Museum Evanston
Evanston History Center at the Charles Dawes House Evanston
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Evanston
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Evanston
KidsWork Children's Museum Frankfort
Ferguson Fine Arts Center Freeport
Freeport Art Museum Freeport
Heritage Canyon Fulton
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design Galena
Galena Historical Society and US Grant Museum Galena
Carl Sandburg Birthplace and Visitor Center Galesburg
Orpheum Theatre Galesburg
Richmond Hill Players Geneseo
Fabyan Villa/Japanese Garden Geneva
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage Glen Ellyn
Chicago Botanic Garden Glencoe
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago Glenview
Prairie Mills Windmill Golden
National Museum of the American Sailor – Great Lakes Great Lakes
American Farm Heritage Museum Greenville
Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum Greenville
Woodlawn Farm Underground Railroad Site Jacksonville
Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory Joliet
Joliet Area Historical Museum Joliet
Kankakee Railroad Museum Kankakee
Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Kankakee
Garfield Farm Museum LaFox
Wildlife Discovery Center Lake Forest
Hegeler Carus Mansion LaSalle
I&M Canal Boat and Lock 16 Center LaSalle
Dickson Mounds Lewistown
Lambs Farm Libertyville
Bess Bower Dunn Museum Libertyville
Lincoln Heritage Museum Lincoln
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Illinois Benedictine University Lisle
Morton Arboretum Lisle
Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center Litchfield
Gaylord Building Lockport
Lockport Gallery Lockport
Will County Historical Museum Lockport
Western Illinois Museum Macomb
WIU Art Gallery Macomb
WIU Museum of Geology Macomb
Museum of the Grand Prairie Mahomet
Super Museum Metropolis
John Deere Pavillion Moline
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Mt. Vernon
DuPage Children's Museum Naperville
Naper Settlement Naperville
Historic Nauvoo Nauvoo
Illinois State University Planetarium Normal
Norsk Museum Norway
Graue Mill and Museum Oak Brook
Children's Museum in Oak Lawn Oak Lawn
Art Gallery at the Oak Park Public Library Oak Park
Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park Birthplace and Museum Oak Park
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Oak Park
Wonder Works Children's Museum Oak Park
Little White School Museum Oswego
Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum Ottawa
Reddick Mansion & Gardens Ottawa
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center Palos Hills
1950s Park Forest House Museum Park Forest
Basu Museum and Cultural Center Pembroke Township
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Peoria Zoo Peoria
Wildlife Prairie Park Peoria
Lincoln's New Salem Petersburg
Farnsworth House Plano
Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum Pontiac
Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum Pontiac
Owen Lovejoy Homestead Princeton
All Wars Museum Quincy
Historical Society of Quincy & Adams County Quincy
Quincy Art Center Quincy
Quincy Museum Quincy
Villa Katherine Quincy
Rochelle Railroad Park Rochelle
Black Hawk State Historic Site/Hauberg Indian Museum Rock Island
Fryxell Geology Museum Rock Island
Rock Island Arsenal Museum Rock Island
Anderson Japanese Gardens Rockford
Burpee Museum of Natural History Rockford
Coronado Performing Arts Center Rockford
Discovery Center Museum Rockford
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden Rockford
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center Rockford
Midway Village Museum Rockford
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Rockford
Rockford Art Museum Rockford
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum Rockford
Veterans Memorial Hall and Museums Rockford
Macktown Living History Education Center Rockton
Isle A La Cache Museum Romeoville
Children's Neighborhood Museum Round Lake
Savanna Museum and Cultural Center Savanna
Trickster Art Gallery Schaumburg
Wood Library / Museum of Anesthesiology Schaumburg
Exploratorium Skokie
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Skokie
Skokie Theater Skokie
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Skokie
Fox River Trolley Museum South Elgin
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Springfield
Air Combat Museum Springfield
Dana-Thomas House Springfield
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Springfield
Illinois State Museum Library Springfield
Primrose Farm St. Charles
Weber House and Garden Streator
Air Classics Museum of Aviation Sugar Grove
Midwest Museum of Natural History Sycamore
Sycamore History Museum Sycamore
Illinois Railway Museum Union
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park University Park
Celebration Company at Station Theatre Urbana
Spurlock Museum Urbana
LaSalle County Historical Museum Utica
National Road Interpretive Center Vandalia
Volo Auto Museum Volo
Gold Pyramid House Wadsworth
Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington Washington
Monroe County History Museum Waterloo
Kline Creek Farm West Chicago
West Chicago City Museum West Chicago
Cosley Zoo Wheaton
DuPage County Historical Museum Wheaton
Museums at Cantigny Park Wheaton
Little Red Schoolhouse Willow Springs
Baha'i House Of Worship Wilmette
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Wilmington
Old School Museum Winchester
Woodstock Opera House Woodstock
Russell Military Museum Zion
Luthy Botanical Garden Peoria
Caterpillar Visitors Center Peoria
Fon du Lac Farm Park Peoria
Wheels O' Time Museum Dunlap
Peoria Playhouse Peoria
Discovery Depot Galesburg
Children's Discovery Museum Bloomington