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The Cantigny Experience at a glance:

Tours & Hours

The McCormick Museum is available to visit by guided tour only. There are no self-guided tours aside from Sunday afternoons in July, August, and September.

Best Times to Visit

Cantigny Park has many things to see and do no matter when you visit; however, many schoolchildren visit the Robert R. McCormick Museum during the school year. Tour availability cannot be guaranteed before 2 pm during school tour season, March-May and September-October. We suggest you try to plan your visit in the afternoon on school days. 
Weekend days in good weather are always crowded. We suggest you plan your McCormick Museum weekend visit for earlier in the day.

Tour Tickets

Tickets are free but tours fill up early on busy days. Stop at the McCormick Museum first and get a ticket for your preferred time. Limit 10 per group.
Groups of 10 or more may make reservations two weeks in advance at 630.260.8162 or by emailing

Museum Hours

May 1 - October 31
Open Tuesday - Sunday | 10 am - 5 pm

November 1 - April 30
Open Tuesday - Sunday | 10 am - 4 pm
  • The McCormick Museum is closed Mondays except Memorial Day and Fourth of July and Labor Day.
  • The Museums are closed January and Monday-Thursday in February
  • Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve

Tour Options

All Robert R. McCormick Museum visits are guided tours, except for Sunday afternoons in July, August, and September.

Full House

Starts on the hour, 60 minutes long, climbs stairs


Starts on the half-hour, 30 minutes long, wheelchair accessible

Self-Guided Tours

First floor only. Sundays in July, August, and September 1:00- 4:30 pm 

Upstairs, Downstairs: The Servants Tour

Enjoy our new specialty tour highlighting those who served the McCormick family.
When: Saturdays/Sundays | 11:30 am
Limit: 10 participants per tour on a first-come, first served basis 
Tickets: Will be distributed at the Gold Theatre beginning at 11 am

Private After Hours Tours are available.

Special Themes

Accessible Tours
The Museum’s First Floor is accessible to visitors by wheelchair or walker. Please see the Tour Coordinator for access. We regret that Segway Personal Transporters and motorized scooters cannot be accommodated inside the museum. Visitors may borrow conventional wheelchairs in the Museum or at the Visitor Center for use while touring Cantigny. Service dogs are welcome in the museum. Accessible restrooms are located in the Visitor Center and the Education Center.
Group Tours
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Please give us two weeks advance notice.

Please call 630.260.8162 for reservations.
Tour Guidelines
Photography is prohibited in the Museum as guides and participants find it distracting. Please feel free to capture your photographs throughout the gardens of Cantigny instead. Please disable the ringer on your cell phone so as not to disturb other visitors. Food, beverages and chewing gum are not allowed in the Museum. Bottled water must be capped.