Members' Nights

About this recurring event

Members and donors: join us for this unique chance to go behind the scenes at the museum.

Two young girls look at an insect resting on someone's hand. The body and face of the individual holding the insect is not visible. The whole group stand in front of a table that features multiple cases holding other insect specimens and tank holding other insects in water.

Members’ Nights happen just once a year, and it's your opportunity to explore areas normally closed to the public. See spectacular objects that are not on display, meet scientists and staff, and learn about their research. With nearly 40 million artifacts and specimens in our collections, there’s always something new to see at Members’ Nights. What will you discover?

All exhibitions are open, and there will be activities for both kids and adults. Space is limited; reservations are required.

Not sure which night to come? Consider attending on Thursday if you're looking for a quieter experience with extra time to see you your favorite stations and navigate the museum.

Every Members' Night, the Field Museum closes at 4pm and reopen for the event at 5pm. Any photos or videos taken by Field Museum staff during Members’ Nights may be used to promote the Museum.

Attendees enjoy behind-the-scenes perks during Members’ Nights, including a “backstage pass” to our Collections Resource Center.

John Weinstein

Get a close-up look at items from the museum collection—including specimens the public doesn’t usually get to see.

Ed Lines Jr.

Go behind the scenes

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