Events for Donors


Founders' Council Hard Hat Tour

How is a Field Museum exhibition created? How do we sift through a collection of 30 million objects to decide what gets displayed? Learn about the special alchemy of crafting an exhibition—the art and the science. Enjoy a sneak-peek of Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life while it's still under construction! Talk to the Exhibitions Department leaders, and hear how they share stories. See the creative processes that bring these to life. The evening will include a tour of the unfinished exhibition space and a light reception.



Founders' Council Exhibition Preview

Journey into The Field Museum’s vast collections with Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life—before it opens to the public. At this exclusive preview, learn how scientists from around the world are using our collections every day to solve scientific mysteries and explore the wonder of the natural world. 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception in Stanley Field Hall 6:30 PM Opening Program



Founders' Council Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Since 1996, Dr. Janet Voight has been exploring Earth’s last frontier: the deep sea. Go behind the scenes with Dr. Voight for a closer look at specimens she has collected and research she has conducted on dozens of deep sea cruises. Please RSVP by March 31 with the link above or by contacting Deanna Doyle at or (312) 665-7836. Complimentary parking will be available in the Museum's West Lot. 

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Conservation Celebration featuring the 22nd Annual Parker/Gentry Award

The Conservation Celebration recognizes and celebrates the conservation efforts of the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum and its exceptional partners. Proceeds from each $75 ticket benefit The Field Museum's conservation work. The reception will begin at 6pm, and the award presentation and keynote by Dr. David Vaughan begins at 7pm. Complementary parking is provided. Business casual attire is preferred. 


Founders' Council Loop Luncheon

The Power of Partnership in Impacting Science Learning To make a positive impact on the overall success of students, sometimes the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Hear from Director of Learning Beth Crownover how four Chicago organizations - Big Shoulders Fund, The Field Museum, Northwestern University, and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - have formed a unique partnership to build science capacity in 10 Archdiocesan Chicago schools located in the city's neediest areas.