Experience the museum together
We’ve created group packages to make planning a day at Chicago’s premiere natural history and science museum even easier.
To learn about health and safety measures that may be requested by group leaders, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-655-7300.
For travel professionals like you, we offer tiered admission pricing, performance opportunities, clinic space, scavenger hunts, and meal packages.
From college students to seniors to scouts, adult groups at the museum have a whole menu of fun, educational activities to choose from like docent-led tours, wine tastings, and behind-the-scenes experiences.
Out-of-state student groups
For teachers planning a field trip with student groups outside the state of Illinois, we offer unique opportunities to student groups searching for an enriching day outside the classroom. Students can enjoy special access to our ticketed exhibitions and behind-the-scenes tours. Bands, orchestras, and choirs can perform together in the historic Stanley Field Hall.
If you’re a group whose school is based in Illinois or Chicago, please visit our field trips page to reserve your visit.
For questions about group visits or an existing reservation, contact us at email@example.com.
All groups can enjoy special ticketed exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours, and other limited-access activities. Select the experience your group would like to participate in as you fill out the registration form. You must register at least 14 days in advance of your visit.
A 50 percent deposit is due 14 days after confirmation is received. The final payment and attendance numbers are due 14 days prior to the visit date, or the reservation is subject to cancellation.
Refunds and cancellation
A full refund is available if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to the date of the visit. No refunds are available after that time. We cannot offer refunds to guests who are sick or cancel last minute.
Bus and motorcoach parking
Free parking for buses and motorcoaches is available in designated areas west of the Museum at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Canal Street. Coaches cannot stage on Solidarity Drive or the Museum drop-off areas.
Arriving at the museum
Groups should enter through the East Entrance and send the group leader to check in at the group desk. Tickets are not printed for groups. We make every effort to be flexible, but certain timed events (including exhibitions, tours, and 3D movies) are subject to cancellation if your group arrives late. If your group has registered for a special experience, we ask that you follow the check-in procedures for each:
- Docent-led tours: Meet your docent at the information desk in Stanley Field Hall, near the African Elephants. Tours are subject to cancellation if your group is more than 15 minutes late.
- Special exhibitions: Enter specially ticketed exhibitions as a group—just check in under your group name with our staff. You can enter the exhibition at your designated time and up to 30 minutes afterward.
- 3D movies: Line up 15 minutes prior to the showtime in the theater lobby, located on the ground floor. Late arrivals will not be allowed into the theater for safety reasons.