Museum Campus institutions offer free admission to teens Saturday

Three institutions on the Museum Campus are hosting a free open house for teens this weekend to draw more high schoolers to the lakefront museums.

The open house, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, offers Chicago-area teens with school identification free admission to the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.

The planetarium has hosted an open house for teens every fall for the past three years, but this is the first time it is joining forces with the Field Museum and aquarium with the aim of increasing attendance and exposure to teen programs, said Adler spokeswoman Jen Furey.

“It really is about getting teens excited about science and helping them do hands-on, minds-on science experiments to really get their minds flowing as to what they can do,” Furey said. Ultimately, it’s about encouraging teens to consider professions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, she said.