Frequently Asked Questions

Planning your visit

The Field is open every day from 9am to 5pm, with last admission at 4pm. We’re closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas (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.

Face masks are required for everyone two years and older, regardless of vaccination status. This is to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers. Masks should be worn at all times inside the museum except for when eating and drinking in designated areas.

We encourage physical distancing, and we will continue to clean and disinfect to the highest standards. Thanks for helping to keep the Field Museum safe for everyone to enjoy.

Effective January 3, 2022, all visitors age five and up are required to show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for admission to the Field Museum. This is to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.

​​People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Valid proof of vaccination consists of a valid photo ID (age 16+) and one of the following: vaccination card, photocopy of vaccination card, digital record or app, or printed record from a vaccine provider.

You can reschedule your ticket by contacting


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 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.

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. You cannot take advantage of this special offer when buying tickets online.

Active Military Personnel

Basic admission is complimentary for active military personnel. Please show your military status ID when purchasing tickets at the museum. You cannot take advantage of this special offer when buying tickets 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. You cannot take advantage of this special offer when buying tickets 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.

See upcoming Free Admission Days

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. You cannot apply Complimentary Basic Admission to online ticket purchases.

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. You cannot apply Complimentary Basic Admission to online ticket purchases.

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. You cannot apply Complimentary Basic Admission to online ticket purchases.


Save 49 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

We have postponed field trips 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. The Explorer Cafe, found on the ground level, is open 10:30am–4pm. Enjoy family-friendly foods in a casual environment. Both restaurants are operating at reduced capacity with tables that are spaced farther apart.

You’re welcome to bring food and drinks but please enjoy them 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 are available for visitors to borrow at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis.

Strollers are available to rent for $3 (or $5 for double strollers) on a first-come, first-served basis.

Both wheelchairs and strollers are available at the South and East Entrances and are fully sanitized between each use.

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 South or 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 312.665.7201 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.

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.