Grainger Science Hub

Staff member displays a rodent specimen, about the size of her palm. Two girls stand with their backs to the camera, one points towards the specimen. "Grainger Science Hub" logo is shown on left side.

The Science Hub is generally open daily from 10am to 3pm, but hours may vary due to events in Stanley Field Hall. The Science Hub will be closed on Saturday, April 21.

On most Fridays, visit the Science Hub for Meet a Scientist from 11am to 1pm, as scientists share real artifacts and specimens from the collections. 

Field Museum scientists discover new species, do innovative research, and solve scientific mysteries. Now, the Grainger Science Hub is bringing our collections out from behind closed doors. We're pulling the best of what we're preparing, analyzing, and discovering out for you to see and experience every day at The Field Museum. 

Get a close look at some of the coolest things in our collections, talk with the scientists who study them, and engage with educators to learn even more. You can participate in hands-on activities and be among the first to know about breaking science stories. As an extension of the Science Hub, interactive carts in Stanley Field Hall offer even more ways to explore the collections and make new discoveries for yourself. 

Each experience is one-of-a-kind, and we're regularly sharing new stories about our scientific work and its impact on the world. Here are the current exhibits to explore at the Science Hub: 

Our Changing Environment


Four bird specimens lined up, ranging from white to grayish in color

Habitat loss, pollution, and strange weather—the environment around us is changing, and humans are partly to blame. Climate change is a complex thing that we often think of as happening on the coasts or far away in the Arctic. But there’s evidence of climate change right here in the Midwest. Through our collection, see what has already been lost and what is changing. 

Ants and Beetles


Rows of different metallic beetles, seen close up against a white background
© Crystal Maier

How do scientists study and dissect insects that are so tiny, they can barely see them with the naked eye? What insect has the most powerful sting? Come learn the answers to these questions and more in the Science Hub. Explore why some ants are covered in spines and see a beetle in amber that lived when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. 


Further exploration