Guided Tours for People with Learning, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities

The Museum offers five unique tours for ages 8 to adults that are tailored to meet particular needs and preferences of visitors with learning, developmental and intellectual disabilities. Maximum of 10 people per tour. Adult groups can register for this experience by emailing Mary Ann Bloom at Illinois school groups can register for this experience through the field trips registration form.

The following is recommended when booking guided tours for people with disabilities:

  • plan to arrive at The Museum around 11am to avoid the initial rush of field trip groups entering the building
  • schedule a time to eat lunch soon after your arrival
  • engage in chaperone-guided exploration prior to your 12:30pm guided tour


Dinosaurs: Roam among the dinosaurs! From an Apatosaurus to a Triceratops, discover the creatures that lived between 230 and 65 million years ago--what did they eat? Where did they live? What drove them to extinction?

Pawnee Culture: Experience an immersive snapshot of traditional Native American Pawnee culture.  Walk into a hands-on, fully furnished Earth Lodge, and learn about daily life on the plains.  Sit on beds covered with real buffalo hides, as homemade utensils and toys are passed around.

Animals In Their Habitats: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Travel the world without leaving The Field Museum to see animals in their unique habitats and learn to identify adaptations that help animals thrive. 

Ancient Americas: Take a step back in time with us and explore the lands of the Ancient Americas.  Our journey will begin at the end of the last ice age and will culminate in the ways the descendants of the Ancient Americans keep their cultural traditions alive today.

Northwest Coast and Arctic Peoples: What do the artifacts in the Northwest Coast and Arctic Peoples Hall tell us about how the two cultures were successful in their environment? Why were their cultures so different? Learn how both groups used the resources in their very different environments to meet their needs for food, homes, and clothing.