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.

On Friday, April 28, the Science Hub will be open from 2pm to 3pm. On Sunday, April 30, the Science Hub will be open from 11am to 3pm.

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. 

The Science Hub is generally open daily from 10am to 3pm. On Fridays, visit the Science Hub for Meet a Scientist from 11am to 1pm, as scientists share real artifacts and specimens from the collections. 

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: 

Economic Botany


A series of glass bottles of varying sizes filled with colorful substances, each with a handwritten label
Specimens from the economic botany collection that were all part of World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. © The Field Museum, B83524_23d, photographer John Weinstein.

Explore how people use plants in different ways, from clothing to medicine to household items, and uncover the history behind some of the first items to become a part of the Museum's collection. 

Oldest Minerals on Earth


A cross-section of a black and brown rock with jagged edges, with brighter spots lit up by a light table
A slice of Jack Hills conglomerate, containing some of the oldest minerals on Earth.

See some of the oldest minerals on Earth and learn about how they are helping scientists rewrite the early history of our planet. 


Further exploration