We’re Reopening: What to Know Before You Go

The Field Museum reopens to the public on July 24. Here's how you can plan for your visit.

Wide view of Stanley Field Hall with Máximo the Titanosaur skeleton, two taxidermied elephants, and hanging gardens suspended from the ceiling.

When will the Field reopen? 

We’re happy to welcome you back to the Field Museum starting on Friday, July 24 (or July 17 if you’re a member!). 

Our top priority is to create a safe environment for all of our visitors and staff, while letting you reconnect with science and culture in the exhibits you know and love. We used CDC recommendations as well as museum guidelines from the State of Illinois to create our reopening policies and procedures. Read on for details about health and safety at the Field, buying tickets, and what to know before you go. 

 
 

Early access for members

Field Museum members can visit early, from Friday, July 17, through Tuesday, July 21. Be one of the first back at the Field and enjoy free admission all year long. 

Health and safety 

As part of Phase Four of its reopening plan, the City of Chicago allows museums to reopen. We’ve implemented new safety measures at the Field so that you can focus on saying hi to SUE the T. rex, checking in on the hanging gardens, or finding a quiet spot among our many exhibition halls.

New health and safety practices include: 

  • In accordance with City and State guidelines, face masks are required for all staff and visitors, except for children under 2 
  • 144 hand sanitizer stations are installed throughout the building 
  • Frequent, rigorous cleaning procedures follow CDC guidelines
  • Floor markers help guide social distancing and direct one-way walking paths
  • Exhibitions that are highly interactive or located in small spaces are temporarily closed

We are also limiting the number of visitors each day to 25% of our building’s capacity. With nearly half a million square feet of public space, we want to give you room to spread out and comfortably enjoy your time at the Field. 

Order your Field masks or SUE masks online; they’re also for sale before you enter the museum.

Getting tickets 

Beginning July 24, the Field is open 9am to 5pm, Thursday through Monday. We’re closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

All tickets have an entry time. Please arrive at your designated time so you can enter promptly and have plenty of space to explore 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. Online orders also get a $3 discount on the All-Access Pass and up to 15% off the cost of membership. 

Members can reserve a free timed-entry ticket online, whether you plan to visit during early member days (July 17–21) or at any point after July 24.

Reserve your tickets online today

Arriving at the museum 

Make your way to the East entrance, which is the only entrance that’s open at this time. The East entrance is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 

Please leave at least six feet between yourself and other visitors as you get in line to enter. If you’ve already purchased a ticket, be prepared to show your printed ticket or your mobile device with the ticket. 

When you’re ready to leave, you can exit through the East, North, or South exits. 

Directions and parking

A sidewalk leads to the Field Museum’s East entrance, a one-story atrium with gardens next to it. A sign indicates that the entrance is wheelchair accessible.

All visitors will need to arrive at the museum's East entrance. It's on the side of the building that's closest to Lake Michigan and farthest from Lake Shore Drive. 

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Exhibitions

Most of our exhibition spaces will be open and ready for you to explore, including the Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet, Inside Ancient Egypt, and the Grainger Hall of Gems. Outside, the Rice Native Gardens are perfect for a mini-nature walk or a peaceful break.

We’re also excited to share our newest special exhibition, Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. It’s a vibrant show that features collection items alongside contemporary beadwork, clothing, video animation, painting, and photography. 

Some areas that have smaller spaces or interactive elements are temporarily closed. Check the status of individual exhibitions.

Social distancing and one-way paths

As you make your way through the museum, please follow any one-way paths that are marked on the floor. Take note of signs that help us practice social distancing and that indicate which areas of the museum are closed or have limited capacity. Additionally, the State of Illinois requests that you do not touch hands-on displays, touchscreens, or models. Please ensure any children in your group understand this policy.

While we’re not distributing paper maps at this time, you can find our maps and guides online

As always, our staff members are here to help. They’ll also be wearing masks and can answer your questions from a safe distance. If needed, they can give you directions to an exhibition or point you to the nearest hand sanitizer station. 

A person stands in front of a life-size horse mannequin that is decorated with several beaded pieces, including saddle bags and a cradleboard.

A visitor admires beaded horse regalia made by Lydia Falls Down in Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. For the annual Crow Fair Parade, Apsáalooke women dress in full regalia in addition to adorning their horses.

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Available amenities 

Our coat check is currently closed. Please only bring bags or coats you can carry with you. Many of our other services are still available:  

Food 

The restaurant on our main floor, the Field Bistro, is open 9am–4:30pm. We have a reduced menu, quick grab-and-go service, and tables that are spaced farther apart. Our second restaurant, the Explorer Cafe, is closed until further notice. 

You're also allowed to bring a lunch or snack in a closed container. Please enjoy it in the designated picnic areas on the ground level: in the Siragusa Center and at the tables near the Sea Mammals. We suggest enjoying an outdoor picnic at the tables outside the East entrance and benches throughout Museum Campus.

You can bring your own closed water bottle. There are some contactless filling stations in the museum, though all manual fountains are shut off. Water is available for purchase in the Bistro and in vending machines. 

Store

For all your natural history-themed gifts and souvenirs, the museum store is open 10am–5pm, or you can shop online anytime. All store purchases directly support our staff and collections.

Wheelchair and stroller rentals

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 East entrance and are fully sanitized between each use.

See you soon 

We look forward to welcoming you back, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit. On behalf of our staff, thank you for following all health and safety procedures to help protect them, you, and our other visitors. 

If you’re not able to visit yet, there are many ways to stay connected to the Field from home.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Yes, each staff member’s temperature will be taken when they arrive for work at the museum.

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.

 

A maximum of 10 household members can visit together.

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

Legal disclaimer 

COVID-19 warning: We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other guests, and our staff. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the museum. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting the Field Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please help keep each other healthy.