Free with Basic admission. Stop by Stanley Field Hall between 10 am - 3 pm Thursdays through Mondays to get a peek behind the curtain and learn about the collections in our vaults.
Discovery Squad Carts
Our Discovery Squad members show you real objects from the natural world that scientists use for study and answer questions. Keep an eye out for their black shirts and don't be shy - they can't wait to show you what they've got!
Have you ever wondered why a smilodon has saberteeth or how a hyena can bite through bone? Explore how scientists learn about these and other animals by studying their skulls. At The Field Museum, our large collection of skeletal specimens allow scientists to compare features between species, and study changes over time.
Hidden in our Collections
The Field Museum has over 30 million specimens, and less than 1% are on display! While we may not know what questions we will face in the future, by maintaining the collections we are better prepared to study these unpredictable problems. Stop by to discover how some of our oldest collections have been used in recent Field Museum research.
Ins and Outs of Specimens
A specimen is an object used for scientific study. Our collection is constantly growing as new specimens are prepared on a daily basis at The Field Museum. Peek behind the scenes and take a closer look at the different ways they are prepared to best serve our scientist’s research needs.
Earth formed 4.56 billion years ago. Scientists study the history of Earth by looking at rocks and minerals, as well as fossils. Take a closer look at the specimens that tell us about the atmosphere, land formations, and life on Earth millions of years ago.
Chicago is full of amazing species, many of which are surprising to be found in an urban environment. Discover which animals may live in your neighborhood, and learn how Field Museum scientists study our unique urban ecosystem and support community involvement.