We have an endless variety of programs and exhibitions the whole family will enjoy when you visit
during the holidays.
Stay Late with Extended Hours
The Museum will remain open late until 6pm (with last admission at 5pm) on Thursday, December 26 through Saturday, December 28, and Monday, December 30.
Family Programs for All Ages
Artists and Authors in the Crown Family PlayLab
December 21, 2013, 11am-2pm
Join us as we celebrate music from the World's Fair! Hear a performance by the Friends of the Gamelan as they play traditional percussion music on the historic instrument called a Gamelan, and then join us in the art studio to make your own percussion instrument. Learn more.
Meet a Scientist in Stanley Field Hall
December 26-30, 10am-12pm
Hear about their work, see real artifacts and specimens from the over 24 million objects not on display at The Field, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more! Learn more.
Luring millions to Chicago in 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition was a glittering showcase of architecture, culture, technology, and peoples from around the world in Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair.
From glowworms to deep-sea fishes, immerse yourself in the mysterious and magical world of bioluminescence in Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence.
Encounter some of the Earth’s most awe-inspiring mammals, from saber-toothed cats and dire wolves to giant sloths and the iconic mammoths that lived 10,000-years before modern civilization in the film, Titans of the Ice Age 3D.