Accessibility

The Field Museum welcomes all visitors and strives to accommodate individual guest needs. Below is an overview of accessibility resources and services. For assistance planning your visit, specific questions, or feedback, please contact accessibility@fieldmuseum.org or (312) 665-7695.

Planning Your Visit

Accessible Entrance

The Museum’s East Entrance is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. There is also a passenger drop-off area in the turnaround outside the East Entrance. 

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The Museum's East Entrance.

Parking and Transportation

Accessible parking is available in the adjacent East Museum Lot on a first-come, first-served basis. If this lot becomes full, additional accessible parking spots may be available in the Soldier Field Parking garage.

Please note: Periodically, special events happening on or near Museum Campus may result in temporary road closures or rerouting. Please be aware of local events such as concerts, races, and Chicago Bears games as you plan your visit to The Field Museum. Check upcoming events at Soldier Field.

Pace Suburban Bus may offer prearranged paratransit services in your area. Learn more by calling 1-800-606-1282 (TTY 708-339-4062) or viewing Chicago ADA Service information.

Field Museum protection services officers and guest relations associates are available to assist you at any point during your arrival or visit. For more information about directions, tickets, and tours, plan your visit here.

Building Access

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are available for visitors to borrow at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. They are located at the East Entrance on the Ground Level and at the coat check near the South Entrance on the Main Level.

Elevators

There are two elevators located on the east and west sides of the Museum’s main hall, providing access to all three public levels of the Museum. If you are entering the Museum via the East Entrance, proceed down the hall to find an elevator on the left near the entrance to Underground Adventure.

Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located on every floor, and there is a family restroom on the Ground Level by the West Entrance. Additionally, there is a first aid room on the Ground Level, which visitors can request for private use. Please contact us in advance of your visit about the availability of this space at accessibility@fieldmuseum.org or (312) 665-7695.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed at the Museum.

Emergency Evacuation

In the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation, do not use the elevators. Visitors on any floor should proceed to one of our eight emergency exit stairwells. Upon arrival, the fire department will check all stairwells to aid any visitors who need assistance exiting the building. Visitors on the Ground Level can exit the building through the wheelchair accessible East and West Entrances.

Educational Programs and Tours

Field for All App

Personalize your visit to The Field Museum and the Crown Family PlayLab. The Field for All app helps families and groups, including visitors with autism and disabilities, plan their visit with resources like exhibition previews, a customizable schedule, and a sensory-friendly map of the space. Features include visual schedules, social narratives, and interactive games. This app is designed to help all visitors feel welcome and supported in the PlayLab, an interactive hands-on space.

Field for All is a free mobile app. Download the iOS app or download the Android app

PlayLab Accessibility Days

Register for PlayLab Accessibility Days on Tuesday mornings. Special education school groups, camps, community organizations, and family support networks can make private 45-minute reservations for the Crown Family PlayLab. To make a reservation or ask an educator for visit planning assistance, please contact accessibilityeducator@fieldmuseum.org.

PlayLab Sensory Saturdays

Beginning in spring 2017, visitors with sensory processing needs and their families will be invited to register for Sensory Saturdays. The PlayLab will open early on Saturdays, offering dedicated tactile opportunities and sensory tools from 9–10am. Registration will be capped so that families can enjoy a crowd-free space. Please be mindful that this event is intended for individuals with disabilities and sensory processing needs; siblings and family members are welcome to attend. The PlayLab is designed for children ages 2–6 years old, and children must be accompanied by a caregiver. If you are interested in learning more, please email accessibilityeducator@fieldmuseum.org

Guided Tours

The Museum offers guided exhibition tours for visitors ages 8 to adult with learning, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. These tours are free with pre-registration and are available on the last Friday of every month. Learn more and register for a guided tour

For Visitors Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Explore tactile objects and participate in hands-on activities in the Grainger Science Hub. Additionally, tours for visitors who are blind or have low vision are available on request. These private docent-led tours may include verbal description, audio, and hands-on objects. To request a tour, please contact docent manager Mary Ann Bloom at (312) 665-7505 or mbloom@fieldmuseum.org.