Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Go behind the scenes at The Field Museum!

Most Mondays through Fridays at 12:00pm or 2:00pm - see below for specific dates.

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Choose from two tour routes: Museum Marvels or Science Secrets

The Field Museum is home to more than 25 million objects, from towering dinosaurs to tiny beetles and everything in between.  But did you know that only about 1% of these artifacts and specimens are on display to the public? Now you can explore the rest! You’re invited to embark on an expedition like no other when you go behind the scenes on a tour of our collections at The Field Museum. With an endless realm of things to explore, who knows what you might see?!  You could have a chance to see how fossils are excavated from million-year-old rocks in our Fossil Prep Lab. Or perhaps get a peek at our Collaborative Insect Laboratory and learn why gold is such an important resource to our scientists. Maybe you’ll marvel at the oldest book in the Library’s Rare Book Room and discover what makes the heaviest book in our collection so much different than modern day paperbacks. You might even get a look inside The Field’s herbarium, which houses over 2.7 million plant specimens from around the world! You could also see a pickled komodo dragon, towering tiger shark jaws, and even live tarantulas and scorpions. Led by one of our Field Guides, each tour will change to incorporate new research projects and discoveries as they happen, so every experience is unique.

This is your chance to get a peek at some of the extraordinary research that happens behind the scenes at The Field Museum on a daily basis.

Field Museum Members: Please call Member Services at (312) 665-7705 to reserve your tickets. 

Tours are limited to 10 people per tour, and are designed for adults and children 12 and older.

Upcoming Tour Dates & Times

Thursday, September 18, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels 
Friday, September 19, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Monday, September 22, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Tuesday, September 23, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Wednesday, September 24, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Thursday, September 25
NO TOURS
Friday, September 26
NO TOURS
Monday, September 29, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Tuesday, September 30, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Wednesday, October 1, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Wednesday, October 1, 2:00pm
Science Secrets
Thursday, October 2, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Thursday, October 2, 2:00pm
Science Secrets
Friday, October 3, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Friday, October 3, 2:00pm
Science Secrets
Monday, October 6, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Monday, October 6, 2:00pm
Science Secrets
Tuesday, October 7, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Tuesday, October 7, 2:00pm
Science Secrets
Wednesday, October 8, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Wednesday, October 8, 2:00pm
Science Secrets
Thursday, October 9, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Thursday, October 9, 2:00pm
Science Secrets
Friday, October 10, 12:00pm
Museum Marvels
Friday, October 10, 2:00pm
Science Secrets

Behind-the-scenes Tours Policies 

  • Tour participants should plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of their tour.
  • Participants must be able to walk and stand for the hour during the tour.
  • Tour participants are strongly urged to use the restrooms before the tour, since they will not be able to stop during the tour.
  • Participants must wear their tour badge so that it is visible at all times during the tour.
  • Bags and backpacks larger than 8 1/2" x 11" must be checked before the tour begins.
  • All participants must stay with the group and follow the directions of their Field Guide.
  • Participants must not touch any object or any equipment without express permission.
  • No food or beverage is allowed on the tour.
  • Cell phone use is not allowed on the tour.
  • Pictures may only be taken in designated areas.

Due to work being done in various areas, breaking new developments and the general interest of the tour participants, not every tour will visit every possible stop along a route.