Grainger Science Hub

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Included with Basic admission

Open 10am to 3pm

All ages


Included with Basic admission

Open 10am 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.

A group of adults and kids look and point at specimens displayed on a counter.

Science Hub visitors of all ages can ask staff questions about our specimens and the new discoveries at the Field Museum.

Kyle Flubacker, (c) Kyle Flubacker

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

Java Sea Shipwreck

Take a fresh look at a few of the 7,500 objects from the 800-year-old shipwreck in the Field’s collections, including the rare elephant ivory that has never been on public display. Discuss how shipwrecks can become unique ecosystems for marine life, examine how elephants use their tusks, and more. Learn about some of the latest research done on the collection, early maritime trade networks, and the salvage of the shipwreck itself.

Misunderstood Mammals

Are these mammals pests or protectors? Sometimes the most misunderstood mammals are the ones that live and thrive alongside us in our communities. Come meet the unsung heroes of the mammal world to discover how prairie dogs help sustain a healthy ecosystem, why opossums are great neighbors, and how "hero rats" are saving people around the world from both danger and infectious disease.

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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