Frequently Asked Questions

Planning Your Visit

When are you open?

We are open from 9am–5pm daily, with last admission at 4pm. The Museum is closed on Christmas Day (December 25), but open the other 364 days each year.

How do I get to the Museum? Where can I park?

Check our directions and parking information.


How can I purchase tickets?

You can purchase tickets online or in person at the Museum. If you plan to visit many attractions in Chicago within a few days, consider a CityPASS or Go Chicago card for discounts.

Purchase your tickets ahead of time to select your preferred date and entry time for ticketed exhibitions—exhibitions can sell out, especially on weekends.

Do you have discounts or free days?

The Field Museum offers 52 free days each year to Illinois residents with valid proof of residency. Discounted passes are available in person and cannot be purchased online in advance.

We also participate in Museums for All, which provides reduced admission for visitors that receive state food assistance. Anyone with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT, Link) or WIC card from any U.S. state can present the card to receive $3 admission per person. This discount available in person upon arrival, and cannot be purchased in advance.

Are there any ticket discounts for groups?

Special information is available for tour planners and group visits.

Can you help me with an online ticket purchase?

Call 312.922.9410 or use our Contact Form to request assistance with a ticket purchase.

Can I get in free with a reciprocal membership?

Show your current membership card from a participating ASTC institution in person to receive reciprocal admission. Confirm reciprocal admission at the Field Museum with your institution’s membership team before your trip.

At the Museum

What is there to eat at the Field Museum?

We have two restaurants with menus of locally sourced foods and drinks. The Field Bistro even serves craft beer.

Can I bring my own food?

You’re welcome to bring your own food, but please enjoy it in designated areas. Check signs or ask staff for details.

Can I bring or borrow a wheelchair or stroller?

Yes! Enter through our accessible East Entrance if you’re using a wheelchair or stroller.

Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented from the Museum, first come, first served. Ask at the coat check on your arrival at the Museum.

Learn More About Accessibility

Is photography allowed?

Photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial use, but keep an eye out for signage indicating specific objects or areas that cannot be photographed. You can even bring a selfie stick—just be courteous to other visitors. Show us your best pictures by tagging @FieldMuseum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Do you have lockers or storage?

Store your coats, bags, or luggage at the coat check for $3 per item. We are not responsible for lost items; do not leave your valuables at the coat check. We do not offer lockers.

Can I leave and come back later?

Show your same-day museum ticket to reenter. This policy does not apply to parking.

Additional Questions

I think I forgot or lost something during my visit.

Lost items are held for 30 days before being donated. If you’ve lost personal items, such as clothing or toys, inquire at the Visitors’ Center on the ground level near the Siragusa Center, or contact 312.665.6549 or

If you’ve lost valuables, such as a wallet, phone, or jewelry, please tell a protection services officer stationed at a Museum entrance.

If you lost something during a special event at the Museum, please contact the event manager.

Can I host an event at the Field Museum?

The Field Museum hosts many special events, from weddings and engagements to corporate groups and fundraisers.

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Will the Field Museum donate tickets to support my event?

We consider requests to support fundraising events where the donation is used to raise funds (through an auction, raffle, etc.) for a specific charitable cause. We support organizations with scientific, educational, or environmental missions, particularly those dedicated to strengthening Chicagoland's cultures and communities. Requests are only accepted through our donation request form