Group Visits

Explore the Field Museum as a group and take advantage of benefits like discounted tickets, docent-led tours, and special programming.

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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.

Register your group

Tour operators

For travel professionals like you, we offer tiered admission pricing, performance opportunities, clinic space, scavenger hunts, and meal packages.

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Group leaders

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.

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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.

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For questions about group visits or an existing reservation, contact us at

An older woman in a wheelchair smiles as she looks at a specimen held by a staff member. Other adults in the group stand around the pair, looking intently at the specimen. Clear jars are on shelves in the background.

Behind-the-scenes tours are available to groups at an additional cost. These experiences include basic admission as well as a private, hour-long tour of non-public collection areas.

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Special experiences

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. 

Payment Information

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.

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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.