Field Trip Policies

Field trip payment is due at least 14 days before your visit. Please mail check payments to:

Field Museum of Natural History - OPS
75 Remittance Drive Suite #1128
Chicago, IL 60675-1128

Groups that register less than 14 days in advance of their field trip must pay any balance remaining on their invoice upon arrival at the Museum.

We are unable to accept purchase orders (POs) as payment.

Cancellations or changes to your reservation must be made 14 days prior to the scheduled visit to receive a refund. Groups that arrive to the museum with fewer people than originally paid for will not receive a refund.

To cancel or make changes to your reservation, email


Due to current COVID safety measures, groups cannot eat lunch in the building but can request a 15-minute snack break. We will provide a space for students to social distance, remove masks, and eat.


Pre-K through 5th-grade students must be accompanied by at least one adult for every five students—and a maximum of one adult for every three students. Students in 6th through 12th grade must be accompanied by one adult for every ten students.

Chaperones must stay with and supervise the conduct of their students at all times. During field trips, teachers are considered chaperones. Teachers and other chaperones who have not pre-registered are not eligible for the discounted group rate and are subject to the full retail admission costs upon arrival.

Failure to abide by the required chaperone ratio or adequately supervise the group may result in your group being asked to leave the museum.

Schools must report any incidents involving students or chaperones during a field trip within 24 hours of the visit.


Buses and motor coaches should drop off and pick up students only at the barrier-free East Entrance. To access this entrance:

  • Travel north on Museum Campus Drive past McFetridge Drive, toward the Adler Planetarium.
  • Turn left at the first stop sign and turn left again to head back west toward the Museum.
  • Turn right into the East Entrance drop-off area.

Parking for motorcoaches is available in designated areas west of the Museum at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Canal Street.

Student behavior

Every visitor deserves to have an exciting, educational day at the museum. Please carefully read and share the following behavior expectations to all students and chaperones.

Be safe

  • When students first enter an exhibition, give them time to acclimate. The excitement of field trips can be overwhelming for some students.
  • Students of all ages must remain with a chaperone at all times. 
  • Running, rough-housing, and climbing on exhibit structures are not permitted.
  • Field Museum docents, other staff members, and security guards are available to offer assistance.

Be respectful

  • Food, drink, and gum are not allowed in the exhibitions.
  • Be considerate of other museum guests.
  • Be a steward of Field Museum property.
  • Touch objects only when signage or staff say it’s OK.
  • Bring clipboards, science notebooks, or another hard surface to write on instead of writing on display cases.
  • Students may sit on the floor to closely observe exhibitions provided that traffic flow is not blocked.
  • Use indoor voices and set all cell phones to silent mode.

Be curious

  • Create questions before visiting the Field Museum. Our educator resources have activities and questions for learners of all ages.
  • Students can develop “I wonder” statements to investigate during their visit. For example, “I wonder how mummies were created.”
  • Record scientific observations through notes, illustrations, or photographs.
  • Photography is permitted in all permanent exhibitions. Look for signs indicating when a temporary exhibition cannot be photographed.
  • Continue to think critically after your visit: compare observations, analyze and interpret collected data, and construct explanations.