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The Field Museum at Chicago

The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois, 60605
Category: Activities
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The Field Museum

Learn about everything from science and history to archaeology at The Field Museum. This unique museum, which opened its doors in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago, boasts a wide array of changing and permanent exhibits. Permanent exhibits include Evolving Planet, Ancient Americas, Traveling the Pacific, Africa, DNA Discovery Center, and Inside Ancient Egypt. The Field Museum is part of Chicago's Museum Campus where the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium are also housed.


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Daily: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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  • Crown Family PlayLab Programs
  • Meet A Scientist


  • Exhibits
  • Tours
  • Museum Stores
  • Dining


Several parking options are available. Soldier Field North Garage is open from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day while the East Museum Lot is open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Additional lots can be found next to the Adler Planetarium.


The Field Bistro offers breakfast and lunch items, which range from muffins and fresh fruits to sandwiches and salads. There’s also a McDonald’s on the ground floor. Coming in 2014, the Explorer Café will feature a family-friendly menu.


  • Can I take photographs at The Field Museum?

    You’re invited to take photographs with a hand-held camera of any of the Museum exhibits unless it says otherwise. Commercial pictures can only be taken with prior written permission.
  • How do I get tickets for special Field Museum exhibitions?

    It’s recommended that you buy tickets for special exhibitions in advance online. Tickets can also be purchased at The Field Museum but they’re on a first-come, first-served basis.

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