Meet a Scientist

Technology & Science

Have you ever wondered what materials are made of? Using specialized equipment at the Field Museum, we can study the elemental make up of ceramics, stone tools, metals, and more! Scientists will show visitors one device (a portable x-ray fluorescence device) that they use to analyze archaeological material culture. Using the analytical results archaeologists can reconstruct trade and interactions between peoples in the past.

Free with Basic admission. On select dates from 11am to 1pm, find scientific staff in our Grainger Science Hub! They'll share wonders from our collections and highlights of their research. Enter from Stanley Field Hall to 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 in new ways. Topics range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!