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.

Exhibitions

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.

2018–2019 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 2018–2019 academic year, from October 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. Tours are unavailable during select blackout dates: 

  • November 19–23, 2018
  • December 17, 2018–January 7, 2019
  • April 17–22, 2019

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.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the PlayLab is closed to group reservations in February 2019, through the summer (June 3–September 13, 2019), and on the following dates: 

  • Nov 9, 22–23, 2018
  • Dec 17, 20–28, 31, 2018
  • Jan 1–4, 21, 2019
  • May 27, 2019
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. Groups can gather around to learn about climate change through collection specimens and check out some crazy-looking ants and beetles.

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.

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

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.