Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Celebrate with events and stories about Asian Americans’ contributions to science and the natural world!

Join us for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander(AANHPI) Heritage Month at the Field Museum! Throughout May, hear from Field staff, collaborators, and guest speakers about the contributions of Asian American scientists, artists, and educators—past and present. The month will culminate in the exciting opening of a new exhibit Chicago's Legacy Hula on May 26, 2023. Learn about those who have made history and are creating it today in a variety of career paths in museums and the sciences.

Featured Programs and Events

Virtual Lecture

Joins us May 10 for a virtual lecture with the developers of Chicago's Legacy Hula.


Chicago's Legacy Hula Opening Ceremony

In collaboration with Aloha Center of Chicago, join us on May 27 for live performances in Stanley Field Hall to celebrate the opening of Chicago’s Legacy Hula exhibition. This event will highlight four Hula masters’ dance styles, as well as music and artistic components.

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Armour III Seminar Series

The A. Watson Armour III Seminar Series is a weekly seminar highlighting the research of science professionals across a broad spectrum of scientific interests, disciplines, and lived experiences.

If unable to join in person, please register on each event page to view online.

May 3 | Zhe-Xi Luo, PhD | Bill Stanley Classroom | 12pm

May 24 | Rachunliu "Chun" Kamei | Ward Hall | 12pm


Join us for presentations from community members in the Grainger Science Hub to learn about science by and about Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

May 05 | Richard Ree and Samantha Kish-Levine |11am–1pm

May 26 | Lani Alabanza-Chan and Trinity Medellin | 11am–1am

Storytime with Chicago Public Library

Join us in the Crown Family PlayLab for storytelling at the Field Museum with Chicago Public Library. This event is ideal for children aged 0 to 5 and their caregivers or school groups, but all ages are welcome. Also available online.

May 16 | 10:30am

May 30 | 10:30am

Recommended reading at home

Here are some recommended reads from our friends at the Chicago Public Library:  

Interested in sponsoring Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, or one of the Field Museum's other Heritage Months? Please contact Kelsey Overberg at

AANHPI Heritage Month Scavenger Hunt

As you explore the Museum, discover the contributions of Asian American scientists, artists, and educators with our scavenger hunt. Download below or pick up a copy as you enter the Museum.



Shop for items from our AANHPI Collection

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