Grainger Science Hub

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Included with Basic admission

Open 11am to 3pm

All ages


Included with Basic admission

Open 11am to 3pm

All ages

About the Exhibit

You’ve never seen our collection like this.

Discover specimens that are usually under lock and key. Get up close and personal with the Field Museum’s collection.

With nearly 40 million items in our collections, less than one percent is on display. So we pick some of our favorites and move them to the Grainger Science Hub…for a limited time only.

Take a closer look: get close to select specimens, get a feel for the tools we use in our research, and explore new discoveries with educators. There’s something new to check out every time you visit. If you can't make it to the museum, you can still get hands-on with science with Hub at Home activities.

Outside, a young girl flips through pages of plant photos.

A student in Pembroke, IL, uses a Field Guide to identify a tree. In a current Science Hub exhibit, see how the Keller Science Action Center helps protect nature.

See what our scientists are up to in regularly changing displays.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Hand-picked selections brought from behind closed doors
  • Specimens to spark your curiosity
  • Educators on hand to answer questions
  • Rotating exhibits about our scientific research

Now in the Hub

Keller Science Action Center

Find out how we're helping to protect the planet. The Field's Keller Science Action Center works with communities in Chicago and abroad to connect with the natural world and care for places that are critical to life on Earth. From Illinois prairies to rainforests in Peru, see how the Science Action Center leads efforts to keep our natural spaces accessible and sustainable.

Zoonotic Diseases

What can our collection teach us about pandemics? Diseases like COVID-19 are caused by viruses that originate in animal species and "jump" to humans. Field scientists are studying specimens to help track the evolution of viruses and identify potential host species. Get a front-row seat to science as it happens and explore what we've found so far.

Science Hub at Home activities 

Think and act like a scientist at home with Science Hub at Home—a collection of activities brought to you by the Grainger Science Hub team. Each resource is inspired by some of our favorite items from the Field's collections. Gather a few supplies from around your house and get ready to make your own paint, jump like a frog, and go on a scavenger hunt!

Enjoy Science Hub at Home activities by downloading our printables featured below and find even more of these at-home resources in the learning resources hub.

Activity Highlights

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