Explore Black History at area museums while enjoying discounted admission when you use your library card to log in to Explore More Illinois.
Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by your library that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theaters and other local cultural venues.
In honor of Black History Month, several “Explore More” destinations are offering special events and exhibits highlighting African American history and contributions. Each of the below is included with your Explore More admission.
Did you know Black History Month originated in Chicago? Explore the Bronzeville origins of Black History Month at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday, February 25. Meet Bronzeville community advocacy organizations, get an up-close look at Bronzeville materials from Chicago History Month’s collections, and participate in a meet-and-greet with a reenactor of journalist and activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Get $3 off admission when you log in to Explore More Illinois.
Immerse yourself in “Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice” at the American Writers Museum in Chicago. Explore and better understand racial justice in America by examining the work of Black American writers from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit features original artwork, augmented reality and other interactive elements that enliven and enrich the experience. Save 50% on adult admission when you get a pass through Explore More Illinois. Children 12 and under are always free.
Also at the American Writers Museum: Discover the incredible legacy and enduring impact of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, as well as other Black writers who came before and after him. Frederick Douglass–themed tours are offered daily at 3:00 p.m. through February 28. The tour is included with museum admission and no advanced registration is required. Tours begin at the Museum front desk.
The annual Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago features painting, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics, and photography by African American artists from around the country. This exhibition continues through April 23. Download a promo code for $5 off admission when you log in to Explore More Illinois.
About Explore More Illinois
Library card holders can request and print passes from home — no library visit is required. Log in using the number on your Vernon Area Public Library card and your PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number). Or visit the Checkout Desk in the library if you’d like us to do it for you.
Explore More Illinois passes must be reserved for a specific date. Some attractions require you to print the pass; others will accept a copy on your phone. Other restrictions may apply. Be sure to read the instructions for your choice of destination. Contact the museum directly if you have questions.
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