World-class arts and culture on a budget? Chicago has you covered. Here are 20 museums and attractions with admission fees of $10 or less — and often no admission fees at all!

1. DuSable Museum of African American History

DuSable Museum of African American History - Founders Hall

General admission: $10
Located in historic Hyde Park, the stunning DuSable Museum of African American History was founded in 1961 by teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens. It is one of the few independent institutions of its kind in the United States, making it its mission to collect, document, preserve and study the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. The current collection numbers more than 15,000 pieces, including paintings, sculpture, print works, and historical memorabilia. 740 E. 56th Pl., Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays

2. Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago

oriental institute

General admission: $10
Founded in 1919, the Oriental Institute is a world-renowned center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. The museum displays objects recovered during Oriental Institute excavations, with a focus on Ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo. Rotating special exhibits are also featured. 1155 E. 58th St., University of Chicago, Hours: Tuesday & Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; closed Mondays

3. Chicago Sports Museum

Chicago Sports Museum Basketballs

General admission: $10
This highly interactive museum celebrates the world of Chicago sports, using hi-tech simulated experiences, skill challenges, relics, and stats – all combined with a collection of unique sports memorabilia. It’s a playground for sports fans! 835 N Michigan Ave, Water Tower Place, Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

4. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago

General admission: $9
If nature inspires you, head to Lincoln Park, where you’ll find the waterside Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum nestled amid native plantings, fountains, and waterfalls. You’ll see everything from live native animals to nature-inspired art here. Most notable, though, is the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, the Museum’s internationally renowned 2,700-square-foot greenhouse where more than 1,000 butterflies (40 species) are housed. 30 N Cannon Dr, Lincoln Park Grounds (North Pond), Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

5. McCormick Bridgehouse Museum

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

General admission: $6
The five-story McCormick Bridgehouse Museum celebrates Chicago’s world-famous moveable bridges, and provides an opportunity to explore an historic landmark bridgehouse. At river level, visitors can view the massive gears that move Chicago’s famous bridges up and down. As you ascend the building, you’ll learn all about the Chicago River. Upon reaching the very top, you’ll be treated to magnificent 360-degree views of the city. (Note: Only the first floor is handicap accessible.) 99 Chicago Riverwalk, Hours: Thursday – Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays​

6. Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Intuit Main Gallery

Suggested donation: $5
Founded in 1991, Intuit is dedicated to the appreciation of intuitive and outsider art through world-class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a Permanent Collection with holdings of nearly 1,100 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center; and educational programming. The Henry Darger Room Collection, in particular, is a fascinating window into the cloistered world of this self-taught artist, creator of the Vivian Girls. 756 N Milwaukee Ave, Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday & Friday – Saturday 11 a.m.  – 6 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. – 7p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays

7. National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art

General admission: free
This renowned museum is located in the heart of the Pilsen neighborhood, which is itself rich in Latino history. Wander the halls to discover a collection of more than 10,000 works that bring to life the richness of Mexican art and culture. 1852 W. 19th St., Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays

8. Chicago Design Museum

Design Museum interior

General admission: free
Located at Block 37 on State Street (aka shopping mecca), this tiny (and free) museum displays incredibly creative changing exhibits on everything from design to architecture. Recent exhibitions have included paper arts from around the world, and games in our modern culture. Block 37
, 108 N. State St., 3rd floor, Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 7 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays

9. Museum of Contemporary Photography

The Museum of Contemporary Photography

General admission: free
Tucked away in the South Loop, within Columbia College, the Museum of Contemporary Photography is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets. It’s a small but mighty museum, regularly carrying the work of local photographers. The museum’s Midwest Photographers Project cycles through new and established Midwest photographers, each examining a different social experience, from the slums of Mumbai to electronics and teens. 600 S Michigan Ave, Columbia College, Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.

10. Smart Museum of Art

General admission: free
Nestled on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, the Smart Museum houses more than 15,000 artworks, ranging from European paintings and Asian arts to contemporary and modern art. This is also home to The H. C. Westermann Study Collection, which is one of the most significant public collections of artwork and archival material related to the artist’s life and work. Find out more about the collections and special exhibits.