Central to The Field Museum’s mission are our inspiring education programs, innovative conservation work, and unparalleled scientific research, all of which are supported by an extraordinary collection of approximately 30 million objects and artifacts. Corporate support of these programs helps the Museum explore, protect, and teach others about the Earth and its people.
The Learning Center
Through The Learning Center, The Field Museum conducts more than 500 education programs that engage 575,000 children and adults each year, igniting curiosity and enhancing science skills. These programs include hands-on learning experiences with objects from the Museum’s collections, interaction with real scientists and researchers, teen-led conservation projects, and professional development programs for teachers. From Virtual Visits broadcast directly into classrooms to Discovery Squad presentations in Stanley Field Hall, education is both a priority and a passion for The Field.
Collections and Research
The Field Museum houses and maintains an encyclopedic collection of over 27 million cultural artifacts and scientific specimens. In addition to over 150 tenured Field Museum scientists who work on-site, hundreds of researchers from around the globe visit our collections each year while we, in turn, loan out thousands of specimens to other scientific institutions. We are currently engaged in a large-scale effort to digitize more than half a million specimens in order to increase access to our valuable collections for students, researchers, and scientists around the world.
Science in Action
The Keller Science Action Center is a team of scientist-explorers, experts in translating museum science into lasting results for conservation and cultural heritage. Their achievements are impressive: in the last 15 years, The Field Museum’s work has led to the protection of 30 million acres of wilderness in the Andes-Amazon region. In Chicago, our scientists engage neighborhoods in creating sustainable connections between the city and the environment, and have helped create the Chicago Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for climate change.
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