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, opening to the general public on June 15 with modified operations.
At this time, many 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.
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 (temporarily closed)
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
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