Frequently Asked Questions

Planning your visit

The Field is open 9am to 5pm, Thursday through Monday. We’re closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as Christmas Day (December 25).

You can access the Museum by bike, public transportation, or car. Parking is available at the East Museum Lot and Soldier Field Garage (rates subject to change). See our directions and parking information for more details.

Wheelchair-accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the East Museum Lot.

If the East Museum Lot’s accessible parking is full, consider parking at the east end of the Soldier Field North Garage for easier access to our accessible East Entrance. There are elevators at both entrances to the Soldier Field garage.

Check out accessibility at the Field Museum for more information about accessible facilities, programs, and exhibitions.

Many hotels in Chicago’s Loop are within one to two miles of the Field Museum, and you can use Choose Chicago to search for them.

Check back for hotel partners as the city re-opens. Many of our hotel partners offer VIP access tickets and special programs and experiences.

In accordance with City and State guidelines, face masks are required for all staff and visitors, except for children under 2.

If you are unable to wear a mask due to a disability or medical condition, you may substitute a looser fitting scarf or clear face shield as an alternative. Please bring a scarf or face shield with you as they are not available for sale at the museum. We ask all guests who are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to delay their visit. You can reschedule your ticket by contacting guestrelations@fieldmuseum.org.

No, but please stay home if you’re not feeling well or have any symptoms of COVID-19. You can reschedule your ticket by contacting guestrelations@fieldmuseum.org.

Tickets

You can purchase tickets online or in person at the museum. We recommend purchasing your tickets online in advance to secure your preferred date and time and to have a contactless experience when you arrive.

Buy Tickets

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

We cannot guarantee entry outside of your reservation window due to City and State guidelines for capacity. Please speak with Field staff at the East Entrance once you arrive to create a new reservation for the next available time slot.

Chicago Residents

Residents who live within the city limits can save $5 or more on the price of admission by booking online or at the museum.

Museums for All

Families with a valid EBT (Link) or WIC card from any state are eligible to pay $3 per person for Basic admission for up to six people. Please show your valid EBT (Link) or WIC card when you purchase tickets at the museum. This special offer can not be applied to tickets purchased online.

Active Military Personnel

Basic admission is complimentary for active military personnel. Please show your military status ID when purchasing tickets at the museum. This special offer cannot be applied to tickets purchased online.

Illinois Teachers

Teachers from throughout Illinois (pre-K through 12th grade) receive free Basic admission. Please show your employee ID when purchasing tickets at the museum. This special offer cannot be applied to tickets purchased online.

On select days throughout the year, Illinois residents can enjoy free Basic admission—plus discounted passes to explore a ticketed exhibition or enjoy a 3D movie. There are no free admission days for the remainder of 2020.

Chicago CityKey

Receive free Basic admission for one visit during the first year after getting your CityKey card. Immediate family members visiting with you also receive free Basic admission. Please show your CityKey card when purchasing tickets at the museum. Complimentary Basic admission cannot be applied to tickets purchased online.

ASTC Travel Passport Program

If you live 90 miles outside of Chicago and are a member of a science center or museum that participates in the ASTC Travel Passport Program, you can receive free Basic admission. Please show your science center or museum member ID when purchasing tickets at the museum. Complimentary Basic admission cannot be applied to tickets purchased online.

Chase Arts & Culture Cardholder

If you have a Chase Arts & Culture card, you can receive free Basic admission for the cardholder and one guest. Please present your Chase Arts & Culture card when purchasing tickets at the museum. Complimentary Basic admission cannot be applied to tickets purchased online.

CityPASS

Save 50 percent or more on premium admission to Chicago’s top 5 attractions—including our All-Access Pass. Visit CityPASS to learn more.

Go Chicago Card

Save up to 55 percent on admission to 26 Chicago-area attractions (including the Field Museum) with a single ticket. Visit Go Chicago to learn more.

Groups and field trips

Special information, including pricing, is available for tour planners and groups.

We host many special events, from weddings and engagements to corporate groups and fundraisers.

Learn More About Venue Rentals

Field trips are postponed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Field Bistro, open 9am–4:30pm, is located on the main level. The restaurant offers a reduced menu, featuring locally sourced food, quick grab-and-go service, and tables that are spaced farther apart.

You’re welcome to bring your own food, but please enjoy it in designated areas. There are tables open to museum visitors on the ground level in the Siragusa Center and near the Sea Mammals.

Mothers are welcome to nurse wherever they are comfortable within the building. Moms who bottle-feed may also feed their babies anywhere.

A private nursing room is also available on the ground level inside the women's restroom behind the Siragusa Center.

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. They are located at the East Entrance on the ground level.

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. 

We do not offer lockers, and the coat check area is closed temporarily. Please only bring bags and coats that you can carry with you.

The Field Museum is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or unclaimed items.

Show your same-day ticket to reenter through the East Entrance. This policy does not apply to parking.

Other ways we can help

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 lostandfound@fieldmuseum.org.

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.

The Field has lesson plans, videos, games, and more for teachers and parents. Our learning resources hub makes it easy to filter by grade level and topic.

Find learning resources

The Field Museum is not granting community donations at this time.