Field Trip Experiences

Every trip to the museum is different. Customize your group’s field trip with a wide variety of experiences. Pack an array of educational experiences into your students’ day, or create a theme around a lesson you’ve focused on in the classroom.

Students gather around a window to peer into a diorama featuring three bears in their natural habitat.

Select your experience

Pre-scheduled experiences

You must register student groups for all experiences during the registration process.


Many of our exhibitions are free with museum admission—no special ticket or reservations required. Admission to ticketed exhibitions is available for an additional cost.

3D movies

Add an immersive 3D movie experience to your field trip. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Prices vary by group. Movies last about 20 minutes each and are shown throughout the day. Student groups are assigned ticket times when your registration is confirmed.

Docent tours

During the school year, we offer a variety of docent-led tours. These tours are free for Illinois school groups and $5 per student for out-of-state schools.

Tours Grade Level Availability 
Guided Tour: The Ancient Americas 3rd–12th grade Wed; 10:30am or 11:30am
Guided Tour: Dinosaurs 3rd–12th grade Thurs; 10:30am or 11:30am
Guided Tour: Indigenous Peoples of the Northwest Coast and Arctic 3rd–12th grade Mon and Thurs; 10:30am or 11:30am
Guided Tour: Inside Ancient Egypt 3rd–12th grade Wed and Thurs; 10:30am or 11:30am; 
Guided Tour: Pawnee Earth Lodge 2nd–12th grade Mon–Fri; 10am, 10:45am, or 11:30am​​​​​​


We offer tours for the 2019–2020 academic year, from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. Tours are unavailable during select blackout dates: 

  • November 25–29th, 2019
  • December 16–January 6th, 2020
  • April 6–17, 2020

Tours designed specifically for guests with learning, developmental, and intellectual disabilities to are also available for field trip groups. 

Crown Family PlayLab

Designed just for kids from two to six years old, the Crown Family PlayLab is a space where young students become junior scientists. Little ones enjoy educational playtime where they make music, dig through bones, and more. Groups must reserve time to visit the PlayLab during the registration process.

The PlayLab is closed to group reservations during the summer (June 1–September 11, 2020) and on the following dates: 

  • October 14, 2019
  • November 11, 25–29, 2019
  • December 16–20, 23-27, 30–31, 2019
  • January 1–3, 20, 2020
  • February 17, 2020
  • May 25, 2020
A group of students wearing black glasses sit in stadium seating to watch a 3D movie at the Field Museum.

A group of students enjoys a 3D movie experience at the Field Museum.

Karen Bean

Drop-in activities

No pre-registration is required for drop-in activities during your day at the museum. Simply stop by for extra learning opportunities throughout your field trip. 

Curiosity Stations

Students dive into 10-minute activities at our Curiosity Stations to fire up their imaginations and prepare them to enter a new exhibition. The stations, open 10:30am–12:30pm, Monday through Thursday, are located near The Ancient Americas, Nature Walk, Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet, and Inside Ancient Egypt.

Grainger Science Hub

Educators and Field Museum scientists in the Grainger Science Hub are pumped to tell students about some of the items from our collection that the public doesn't always get to see. Gather around objects and specimens for up-close experiences and check out frequently-updated exhibits on recent scientific research. 

Preschoolers gather around a volunteer and touch a piece of fur he is holding.

Preschool students gather around a Discovery Squad volunteer to touch a piece of fur from the Museum’s collection.

Morgan Anderson

Discovery Squad

Pop over to a Discovery Squad cart in Stanley Field Hall for a peek at real objects from the natural world. Animal skulls, rocks and fossils, and items from deep within our collection are just a few of the surprises students may encounter.

Design Challenges

Located in exhibitions throughout the building, Design Challenges invite students to develop creative solutions to real-world problems using science and museum collections. Discover science concepts and apply them to a problem-based engineering design cycle.

Interested in helping students explore the Museum? Learn more about opportunities to volunteer with field trips.