Lichens, Air Pollution, and Human Health

Lichens are fungi that form symbioses with photosynthetic organisms (algae or cyanobacteria). On one hand they are sensitive to certain pollutants, on the other they accumulate pollutants such as trace metals. Lichen diversity proved to be well correlated with the incidence of lung cancer in Northern Italy. Techniques for lichen biomonitoring are now standardized at European level, and in some countries the results are accepted as evidence in court cases against polluting industries.

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Passport to Haiti

Join The Field Museum and the Haitian-American community for an exclusive evening event celebrating cultural diversity in Chicago.  Experience the new exhibition, Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti, and look beyond the Hollywood stereotypes to experience a living religion that profoundly expresses the Haitian national experience.  Hear from Chicago community leaders and learn why Vodou remains a vital force today far beyond the borders of Haiti.

Docent-Led Tours

Add a free docent-led tour to your museum visit and get an in-depth look at some of The Field Museum's world famous exhibitions. Meet your docent tour guide at the Information Booth in Stanley Field Hall.  Tours typically last 45-60 minutes.  Museum Highlights Tour 11:00am daily Learn about the Museum's rich history, world-class collections and exhibitions, and the science and research being conducted behind the scenes.    SUE Talk 12:00pm daily

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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Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Music Box Theatre

Join The Field Museum at the Music Box Theatre for a special viewing of Raiders of the Lost Ark during Cinema Science. Then dive into the reality and science behind the Hollywood classic with Bill Parkinson, Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology at The Field Museum, during a discussion following the film. So grab your backpack and your notebook for this amazing series that partners two great Chicago Institutions!

The Making of Patagonia National Park

Join us in Ward Hall to hear Kris Tompkins tell the remarkable story of the making of Patagonia National Park and her work on behalf of wildlands, wildlife, and people alike.  Kris is a conservationist and former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Since 1993, she has worked with her husband, Douglas Tompkins, to create new national parks in Chile and Argentina. Together, they have protected more land than any other private individuals—over 2.2 million acres. Free with Basic admission. 

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