fbpx Activities and exhibits | The Morton Arboretum

Activities and exhibits

Man walking along a paved path in the woods at The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum continues to closely monitor national and local guidance related to the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to protect public health, we are undergoing a phased reopening of Arboretum grounds with modified operations

At this time, some of the Arboretum's educational and fun exhibits remain closed until further notice and will be made available at a later stage in the phased reopening. Please continue to check the Phased Reopening of Buildings and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention pages for updates on our activities, buildings, and programs.

Advance, online timed-entry member passes or tickets will be required to ensure paced arrivals and safe attendance levels. Visit the Know Before You Go visit information webpage for more information.

Stay connected with the Arboretum during this time through online learning opportunities, and by following Arboretum FacebookTwitter, and Instagram social media channels.

Acorn Express tram tours (temporarily suspended)

Experience the beauty of The Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres on a guided tram tour. This one-hour ride winds you through the Arboretum's woodlands, wetlands, and prairie while listening to a narrated tour. LEARN MORE

Arboretum Roads and Trails

Paved roads and maintained trails weave through 1,700 acres at The Morton Arboretum, providing people multiple ways to take in the beautiful landscape all year-round. LEARN MORE

Children’s Garden (Open with modified operations)

The Children’s Garden at The Morton Arboretum is a natural playground for children of all ages. Daily learning programs and interactive exhibits inspire kids and families to connect with nature. LEARN MORE

Tree and Plant Collections

The Morton Arboretum is a living museum, and the tree and plant collections that adorn the landscape are nature’s works of art with a purpose. The collections consist of more than 222,000 plants from 40 countries and provide beauty, knowledge, and a healthier environment.  LEARN MORE

Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat

Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat is an exhibit at the Arboretum focused on saving endangered trees. LEARN MORE

Google Cultural Institute

The Morton Arboretum has partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to create three online exhibits that invite you to share an interactive, dynamic, and immersive discovery experience of the diversity and fragility of nature, featuring the science and collections of The Morton Arboretum.  LEARN MORE


Gateway to Tree Science

The new Gateway to Tree Science exhibit will provide an up-close look at The Morton Arboretum’s tree-focused research, with insightful information and ongoing, real-time experiments rooted in nearly a century of tree expertise. learn more

Tree-mendous Tree Stories

An online project of The Morton Arboretum and Openlands launched on Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, 2018. Tree-mendous Tree Stories is a platform for Chicago-area residents to share favorite stories about the trees that define our communities, our memories, our landscapes, and our lives. learn more

Conifer Exhibit

Fourteen panels on conifers interpreting recent research, endangered species, cultural connections, and conservation efforts created by The Morton Arboretum’s interpretation team. learn more

Collections and Creations

Six taxonomic collections at The Morton Arboretum are accredited by the American Public Gardens Association’s Plant Collection Network for their conservation value and high standards of curation: oak, elm, maple, magnolia, crabapple, and linden. Learn more