Events for Families

July

Meet a Scientist

Free with Basic admission. Every Friday from 10am to noon, scientists will be out in the Museum sharing the wonders of our collections and highlights of their research. Hear about their work, see real artifacts and specimens from the over 24 million objects not on display at The Field, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!

August

Meet a Scientist

Free with Basic admission. Every Friday from 10am to noon, scientists will be out in the Museum sharing the wonders of our collections and highlights of their research. Hear about their work, see real artifacts and specimens from the over 24 million objects not on display at The Field, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!

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A selection of charismatic Lobariaceae lichens in New Zealand

A selection of charismatic Lobariaceae lichens in New Zealand

Meet a Scientist

Free with Basic admission. Every Friday from 10am to noon, scientists will be out in the Museum sharing the wonders of our collections and highlights of their research. Hear about their work, see real artifacts and specimens from the over 24 million objects not on display at The Field, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!

Art and Science Spotlight- August

Every third Saturday of the month 11am-2pm. Free with Basic admission. The Crown Family PlayLab invites you to join us for Art and Science Spotlight, a special program that brings storytellers, musicians, painters, and other performers to the Museum to meet you and your little one! The Crown Family PlayLab is free with basic admission and is open Thursdays through Mondays from 10am to 4pm, last admission is at 3pm.

Meet a Scientist

Free with Basic admission. Every Friday from 10am to noon, scientists will be out in the Museum sharing the wonders of our collections and highlights of their research. Hear about their work, see real artifacts and specimens from the over 24 million objects not on display at The Field, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!

Meet a Scientist

Free with Basic admission. Every Friday from 10am to noon, scientists will be out in the Museum sharing the wonders of our collections and highlights of their research. Hear about their work, see real artifacts and specimens from the over 24 million objects not on display at The Field, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!

September

ID Day

Picked up a rock that looks suspiciously like a dinosaur fossil? Snapped a photo of a bright blue bird that you can’t identify? Your annual chance to get a world-renowned scientist’s take on it is coming up on September 12 at The Field Museum’s ID Day. You can bring in fossils, rocks, meteorites, seashells, feathers, and photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects—just nothing that’s alive or was recently, or the animals (or their fleas) could get loose in the Museum.

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Junior Girl Scouts-Animal Habitats

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

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Junior Girl Scouts-Flowers

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

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Junior Girl Scouts-Animal Habitats

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

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Junior Girl Scouts-Flowers

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

October

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Boy Scouts- Archaeology

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

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Boy Scouts-Insect Study

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

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Boy Scouts-Archaeology

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

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Boy Scouts-Insect Study

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

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Boy Scouts-Insect Study

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

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Boy Scouts-Archaeology

Boy and Girl Scouts - Earn a Merit Badge at The Field Museum! Badge Day at The Field will have Boy and Girl Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and going behind the scenes with a Field Museum scientist. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program! For more information, download our Badge Day FAQs.

December

Passport to Greece

Celebrate the opening of Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great and Greek culture in Chicago. Enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition and tastes of Greece in Chicago through live music by local Greek musicians and appetizers from Greek restaurants. Tickets go on sale October 28 $35 ($30 for members) until December 2 $40 ($35 for members) until December 8 $45 ($40 for members) at the door

January

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Dozin' with the Dinos

Sue the T. rex is having a sleepover! The lights dim as you explore the rituals of ancient Egyptian culture, guided by the light of your flashlight. Next, you prowl an African savannah with giraffes, hippos, and man-eating lions.  Take a break by playing games from around the world or looking at giant bugs from right in your backyard.  Cap your night of exploration and adventure with cozy bedtime stories, before drifting off to dreamland in one of our amazing exhibits. Bring your family and friends for a night at the museum you’ll never forget!

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Dozin' with the Dinos

Sue the T. rex is having a sleepover! The lights dim as you explore the rituals of ancient Egyptian culture, guided by the light of your flashlight. Next, you prowl an African savannah with giraffes, hippos, and man-eating lions.  Take a break by playing games from around the world or looking at giant bugs from right in your backyard.  Cap your night of exploration and adventure with cozy bedtime stories, before drifting off to dreamland in one of our amazing exhibits. Bring your family and friends for a night at the museum you’ll never forget!