Black History Month

Celebrate with events and stories about African Americans’ contributions to science and museums.

Throughout February, hear from Field staff, collaborators, and guest speakers about their lived experiences in museums and the sciences. Learn about the contributions of African American scientists, artists, and icons—past and present.

Plus, join in the conversation on social media. We’ll be sharing African American stories and amplifying Black voices through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts during February and all year long.

Featured Events

Commemorate Black History Month with the following events for students, families, and adults. More details and registration links coming soon!

Pathways to STEM Career Panel

On February 7, a panel of Black scientists shared their experiences pursuing STEM careers. The panel featured scientists from several areas of study, including a marine scientist, an anthropologist, and an aerospace engineer.

Mini Movers Dance Workshops

Join us in the Crown Family PlayLab as we celebrate the evolution of African and African American dance styles with The Brainchild Collection on February 10. These workshops will celebrate Black artistry while getting the littles (ages 2 tp 6) up and finding their groove.

Ayodele Drum and Dance

Join us for a celebration of West African dance and culture with Ayodele Drum and Dance, performing in the Field Museum’s Stanley Field Hall.

Story Time with the Chicago Public Library

Join us in the Field Museum’s Crown Family PlayLab for a preschool story time to celebrate Black History Month.

Visit on a free day

Basic admission is free for Illinois residents every Wednesday in 2024!

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

As you explore the Museum, discover the impact African American people have made with our scavenger hunt. Download below or pick up a copy as you enter the Museum. 

Celebrate Black History Month with special merchandise, books, and toys. All purchases help support the Field’s work.