Check out these discounts to Black History Month events from your library

Explore Black History at area museums while enjoying discounted admission when you use your library card to log in to Explore More Illinois at

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. Receive discounted admission to those venues through the Explore More Illinois website.

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM: 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. Claim $3 off museum admission through Explore More Illinois.

AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM: 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 to the museum 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. No advance signup is required; just meet at the museum front desk at 3:00 p.m.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY: 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 code for $5 off museum admission on Explore More Illinois.

About Explore More Illinois

Library card holders can request and print passes or discount codes from home - no library visit is required. Log in using the number on your (Illinois) library card and your PIN. (Vernon Area Library card holders: your pin is the last 4 digits of your phone number unless you changed it.)

Explore More Illinois offers 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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