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The Field Museum in Chicago, IL

1400 S. Lake Shore DrChicago, IL 60605-2496
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Overview

Featuring over 25 million artifacts, the Field Museum offers exhibits designed to spark your curiosity about life on Earth. The museum’s most popular attraction is Sue, the largest and most well-preserved T-Rex ever discovered. From dinosaurs to ancient hieroglyphics, space to the animal kingdom, this breathtaking museum is a highlight of any Chicago vacation.

Good To Know

  • If you plan to exit and re-enter the museum, save your tickets. You’ll need them!
  • Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with the exception of Christmas.
  • Lockers are not available.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent on a first come, first served basis.
  • Multiple parking lots and garages are located around the museum for an hourly/daily fee.

Description

from The Field Museum
What began from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition now stands as Chicago's Field Museum. Its neo-Classical buildings are stocked with more than 25 million artifacts—some up to 4.6 billion years old. This vast collection of fascinating relics exhilarates history buffs and curious novices alike.

With special exhibitions rotating in and out of the museum, take the opportunity to see what might be new to the Field Museum. The museum's main attraction is Sue, the world's largest, best-preserved, and most complete T-Rex ever discovered. Purchased for more than 8 million dollars in 1997, the remarkable fossil stands 13 feet (4 m) tall and 42 feet (13 m) long. Enjoy a photo opportunity under her stunted arms and marvel at the mural depicting her as she lived.

As you take in the massive dinosaurs, ancient gems, and stunning taxidermy, stroll toward Ancient Egypt for floor-to-ceiling hieroglyphs, mummified cats, and an authentic Pharaonic tomb. Then discover the Evolving Planet exhibit, a journey through the past 4 billion years of life on Earth, from single-celled organisms to modern city dwellers.

Other highlights include the Hall of Jades, which explores China's prehistoric past and its enduring empire with more than 400 objects on display; the Grainger Hall of Gems, a breathtaking collection of hard-to-find stones and expertly crafted jewelry; and Restoring Earth, an investigation by leading scientists into wilderness conservation.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Field Museum

What parking options are available?
Parking is offered at several lots around the museum. Guests may park at Soldier Field North Garage and East Museum Lot. All cars are subject to daily/hourly parking rates. Rates vary and are subject to change. Additional lots are available adjacent to the Adler Planetarium and at the Waldron Garage on the south side of Soldier Field.

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Visitors using wheelchairs or strollers may be dropped off at the East Entrance. Accessible parking is available in the adjacent east lot on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wheelchairs are available, also on a first-come, first-served basis, at the East Entrance or at the Check rooms.

Does the museum have children’s strollers?
Yes. Strollers may be rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask at the Check rooms when you arrive at the Museum.

Does the museum have lockers or storage for guests?
The museum does not offer lockers but does have a coat check with available space to store your backpacks and luggage.

Can I take pictures while inside the museum?
Yes. However, there are a few places where photography is prohibited. These places are well-marked with signage.

Can I bring my own lunch?
Yes, visitors are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunches to The Field Museum. However, you must eat in designated areas in the Siragusa Center. Ask a guest relations specialist if you are unclear as to where to eat.

Does the museum offer dining options?
Yes. Guests may dine at the Field Bistro and the Explorer Cafe.

Can I leave the museum and come back later?
Yes. Keep your tickets handy for reentry. This policy does not apply to parking.

What are the museum’s hours of operation?
The Field Museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily except Christmas. Museum hours are subject to change.

Does the museum have a gift shop?
The Field Museum has four shops for you to enjoy and purchase gifts from.