Through the work of four complementary centers, The Field Museum carries out the kind of science and education that only a large natural history museum can do.

Our collection of 30 million geological and biological specimens and cultural objects contains the magnificent story of our planet, its life, and its cultures. Our research unlocks the information in the collections, solving mysteries from our past and present. Our action harnesses collections-based science to create lasting results for conservation, quality of life, and cultural understanding. Our learning programs build on Museum collections and expertise to engage learners of all ages in experience-based discovery. Through these intertwined efforts, The Field Museum enhances opportunities to understand the past, explore the present, and shape a future rich with biological and cultural diversity.

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Working together, three adults, two men and one woman, examine prairie plants together.

Citizen Science

Join people just like you around the world who are actively contributing to real scientific research through Citizen Science projects. Get involved today!

Graphic representing the four areas of The Field Museum's collection: animals, culture, fossils and meteorites, and plants and fungi.

Research & Collections

Explore the research of the world-class scientists who work behind the scenes at The Field and the artifacts and specimens they study in our collections.

Aerial view of Peruvian rainforest, with a river winding through the trees.

Conservation & Community

The Field Museum brings scientists and communities together to create positive change in conservation and understanding, from right here in Chicagoland to the most biologically diverse places on Earth.