Upcoming Events

August

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

September

The Field at the Gridiron

Bring your friends, family, and prospective new Founders’ Council members to The Field Museum’s behind-the-scenes event at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears! Unlock behind-the-scenes areas throughout Soldier Field and enjoy unique content from Field Museum scientists and football experts. This opportunity is exclusive to Founders' Council members and friends. Join today to receive your special invitation to this event! 

Meet a Scientist

Free with Basic admission. On Fridays 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 approximately 30 million objects in The Field Museum's collections, 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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Great Horned Owl at Eggers Grove. Photo by Josh Engel.

Birding with The Field at Eggers Grove

Throughout 2016, The Field Museum is leading birding field trips as part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County's Big Year Birding competition. During the #BirdthePreserves Big Year competition, teams will compete to see which preserve has the most bird species and which preserve team can engage the most new birders in their Big Year efforts. Prizes and glory await the winners!

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

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Great Horned Owl at Eggers Grove. Photo by Josh Engel.

Birding with The Field at Eggers Grove en Español

Throughout 2016, The Field Museum is leading birding field trips as part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County's Big Year Birding competition. During the #BirdthePreserves Big Year competition, teams will compete to see which preserve has the most bird species and which preserve team can engage the most new birders in their Big Year efforts. Prizes and glory await the winners!

Meet a Scientist

Free with Basic admission. On Fridays 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 approximately 30 million objects in The Field Museum's collections, 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!

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

Identification Day

Is there a mysterious fossil that you found while backpacking, or a picture of the bizarre bird in your backyard? Bring in your fossils, seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers, and insects to the Museum and have world-renowned scientists identify them! Stop by, with or without mystery objects, to see (and touch) the scientific specimens out on display.

Art and Science Spotlight - Fantastic Fish!

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.

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

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Stand By Me at the Music Box Theatre

Join The Field Museum at the Music Box Theatre for a special film screening that will dive into the science behind the movie "Stand By Me." Music Box Theatre will be joined by Alison Paul, Youth Conservation Action Coordinator, who will explore scientific themes within the film and provide a forum for discussion following the screening. So pack up your tent and get ready to camp out with us for an afternoon of fun.

Women in Science Symposium

Our speaker will be: Dr. Melinda Zeder (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution). This talk will be held in Montgomery Ward Lecture Hall (on the ground floor near the West Entrance). If you are coming from outside of the Museum, please enter the Museum through the west entrance and ask the security guard at the door to direct you to the seminar room.  Everyone is welcome!

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The Qin state, Qin Dynasty, and the early Han period

In celebration of the Museum's exhibition, China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors, this free, public symposium will include presentations by experts from the Baoji Bronze Ware Museum, the Xi’an Municipal Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Relics Preservation, Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, the Xianyang Municipal Cultural Relics and Archaeology Bureau, and Beijing University.

Learning Through Collections 101

Join us on Saturdays this fall for professional development workshops focusing on promoting inquiry by using real artifacts and specimens in the classroom!   September 24 - Learning Through Collections 101 October 15 - Exploring the NGSS November 5 - The Art of a Good Question  The workshops are open to all educators, formal (K-12) or informal. At a Glance:

Field Market Day

This summer, enjoy fresh food, live music, and lakefront views at a monthly farmers market in The Field Museum’s own backyard! Shop local produce, prepared foods, craft beer, and other goods offered by local businesses and vendors. Field Market Days are free events presented by the Near South Planning Board. Families and all ages are welcome. Catch these local Chicago artists performing live music every Field Market Day: Laura Joy

Meet a Scientist

Free with Basic admission. On Fridays 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 approximately 30 million objects in The Field Museum's collections, 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!

October

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Great Horned Owl at Eggers Grove. Photo by Josh Engel.

Birding with The Field at Eggers Grove

Throughout 2016, The Field Museum is leading birding field trips as part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County's Big Year Birding competition. During the #BirdthePreserves Big Year competition, teams will compete to see which preserve has the most bird species and which preserve team can engage the most new birders in their Big Year efforts. Prizes and glory await the winners!

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

Giving Day 2016

Did you know that only one percent of the Museum’s collections is on display? As one of the world’s largest natural history museums, we care for an extraordinary collection that fuels research, public learning, and conservation efforts around the globe. To do so, we rely on you. Only 33% of the Museum’s funding comes from tickets and government sources. 

Panel Discussion with David Baron, Author of Pembroke: A Rural Black Community on the Illinois Dunes

The Museum is excited to host a panel discussion with David Baron, author of Pembroke: A Rural Black Community on the Illinois Dunes. David will be joined by community leader and educator Johari Cole-Kweli, journalist Robert Thurmer, and faith leader Elder Rose Covington. The panel will be moderated by Mark Bouman, Chicago Region Programs Director for the Keller Science Action Center here at The Field Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

Exploring the NGSS

Join us on Saturdays this fall for professional development workshops focusing on promoting inquiry by using real artifacts and specimens in the classroom!   September 24 - Learning Through Collections 101 October 15 - Exploring the NGSS November 5 - The Art of a Good Question  The workshops are open to all educators, formal (K-12) or informal. At a Glance:

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Tween Saturdays

Ever wonder how plants and insects interact with each other, what an undiscovered civilization would be like, or how an ecosystem made entirely of amphibians and reptiles would function? This fall, learn how scientists might approach these questions and attempt to answer them for yourself!

Art and Science Spotlight - Nocturnal Animals!

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.

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

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EVOLVE:INK

Hosted by the Field Associates of The Field Museum, EVOLVE is the Field Associates' premiere annual fundraising event, filled with music and dancing in the Museum's iconic Stanley Field Hall, cocktails and food from Chicago's hottest restaurants, and special after-hours access to the Museum's exhibition, Tattoo, that examines the practices of tattooing around the world and throughout time.

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The Mummy at the Music Box Theatre

Join The Field Museum at the Music Box Theatre for a special film screening that will explore the science behind the movie "The Mummy." Music Box Theatre will be joined by Cassie Pontone, Assistant Collections Manager of Anthropology, who will explore anthropological themes within the film and provide a forum for discussion following the screening. Grab your torch and get ready to explore!

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

November

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Tween Saturdays: A Cold-Blooded World - Creating an Ecosystem of All Amphibians and Reptiles

Ever wonder how plants and insects interact with each other, what an undiscovered civilization would be like, or how an ecosystem made entirely of amphibians and reptiles would function? This fall, learn how scientists might approach these questions and attempt to answer them for yourself!

Art and Science Spotlight - Birds of Prey

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.

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

December

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

Art and Science Spotlight - Winter in the Wild!

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.

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative. Join us in 2016!

January

Dozin' with the Dinos

SUE the T. rex is having a sleepover! You've seen The Field Museum during the day, now join us on an overnight adventure! Learn about the collections from Field Museum scientists, explore amazing animals, see our Inside Ancient Egypt exhibition by flashlight, draw live subjects like researchers do, and wrap the night up by sharing stories. Spend the night in an exhibition and see the Museum in a new way! 

Dozin' with the Dinos

SUE the T. rex is having a sleepover! You've seen The Field Museum during the day, now join us on an overnight adventure! Learn about the collections from Field Museum scientists, explore amazing animals, see our Inside Ancient Egypt exhibition by flashlight, draw live subjects like researchers do, and wrap the night up by sharing stories. Spend the night in an exhibition and see the Museum in a new way! 

February

Dozin' with the Dinos

SUE the T. rex is having a sleepover! You've seen The Field Museum during the day, now join us on an overnight adventure! Learn about the collections from Field Museum scientists, explore amazing animals, see our Inside Ancient Egypt exhibition by flashlight, draw live subjects like researchers do, and wrap the night up by sharing stories. Spend the night in an exhibition and see the Museum in a new way! 

Dozin' with the Dinos

SUE the T. rex is having a sleepover! You've seen The Field Museum during the day, now join us on an overnight adventure! Learn about the collections from Field Museum scientists, explore amazing animals, see our Inside Ancient Egypt exhibition by flashlight, draw live subjects like researchers do, and wrap the night up by sharing stories. Spend the night in an exhibition and see the Museum in a new way!