The Stateline has some fantastic museums and gardens! If you want to visit these gems with your kids, you don’t have to break the bank. Here’s a list of 2023’s free or donation days for attractions in the Rockford area. Donation days mean that you can pay whatever amount you’re comfortable paying for admission.

Anderson Japanese Gardens
318 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, IL

Donation Days are the third Thursday of every month.

May 18, 2023

June 15, 2023

July 20, 2023

August 17, 2023

September 21, 2023

October 19, 2023

Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL

Donation Days are ONLY for Illinois residents. Wisconsin residents, and others, will be charged full price.

January 9, 11, 16, 18, 25, and 26

February 1, 2, 6, 8, 15, 16, 20, and 22

Discovery Center Museum
711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL

Donation Days are ONLY for Illinois residents. Wisconsin residents, and others, will be charged full price.

Discovery Center Museums does not publicize donation days. Call the museum at 815-963-6769 to ask about upcoming donation days.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
2715 S. Main St., Rockford, IL

Klehm has not released their donation days for 2023 yet.

Klehm is always free for any individual or family that receives SNAP benefits through the Museums for All program. Learn more about that program here.

Midway Village Museum
6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford, IL

Midway Village has not released their donation days for 2023 yet.

Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens
1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL

Nicholas Conservatory does not offer donation or free days, but does offer a Tropical Tuesday discount $4 for Rockford residents, $5 for non-residents.

Rockford Art Museum
711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL

Museum entry is free every day!

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville, WI

Rotary Botanical Gardens has not released their donation days for 2023 yet.

Tinker Swiss Cottage
411 Kent St., Rockford, IL

January – Every Tuesday and Wednesday
February – Every Tuesday and Wednesday
March – Every Tuesday and Wednesday
Reservations are required for tours in January and February. To make a reservation email Tinker Swiss Cottage at info@tinkercottage.com or call the office at 815-964-2424.

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