The Field Museum of Natural History

Through a collection of over 24 million objects, explore the past, present and future of the physical earth, its plants, animals, people and cultures at this beloved Chicago institution.

Chicago's Field Museum, one of the world's great museums of natural history, is a treasure trove for you to uncover. Built to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the museum's collection has grown to an astounding 24 million objects ranging from ancient mummies to exquisite gemstones, to endangered plants and animals.

For many years, a 40.5-foot T. rex, with 58 teeth and a killer smile, resided over the Stanley Field Hall. In February 2018, however, this specimen, affectionately known as SUE, went through the dismantling process to make room for Titanosaur, a giant, long-necked herbivore from Argentina, that stretches 122 feet. Fortunately, SUE will make her reappearance in February 2019 in the popular Evolving Planet gallery. 

The landmark Field Museum building presides proudly over Chicago's lakefront museum campus, and with 4.6 billion years under one roof, it's your passport to travel around the world and back in time.


Browse through a 27-foot-long hand scroll painting and go backstage of a Chinese shadow puppet theater at Cyrus Tang Hall of China, The Field Museum's newest permanent exhibition made its debut in June 2015. Within five galleries, the 350 stellar objects represent an astounding variety, including Neolithic pottery and jades, Shang and Zhou Dynasty bronzes, Han and Tang Dynasty burial objects, Song and Ming Dynasty ceramics, Buddhist and Daoist sculptures from multiple periods, and exquisite rubbings, textiles, and paintings.

Unlock the secrets of the mysterious and mystical with Inside Ancient Egypt. Climb to the top of a tomb to see a mummy below and descend to find the aftermath of robbers. Then, read the Book of the Dead—a guide to the afterworld - surrounded by coffins and buried objects of gold, shell, and more.

Journey through 4 billion years of life on Earth in the Evolving Planet. You'll find unique fossils, hands-on interactive displays, and recreated sea- and landscapes that help tell the story of how we got here today.

Imagine living in an 800-year-old pueblo and sharing one room - cooking, eating and sleeping - with your whole family in The Ancient Americas. Then, shrink to less than an inch tall in Underground Adventure, where you can crawl inside a cicada skeleton to see and feel how tough it is to be a bug.

Discover gemstones that look like they came from other planets along with Tiffany & Co. pieces from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in the Grainger Hall of Gems. Don't miss the eye-popping 5,890-carat Chalmers topaz or any of the 600 gemstones and 150 pieces of jewelry on display.

Watch The Field's exhibitions come to life in the Ernst & Young 3-D Theater - Chicago's only completely digital 3-D theater. Or follow museum scientists as they study the diversity of life and team up to protect living treasures from Chicago to South America to Pacific coral reefs at Abbot Hall of Conservation's Restoring Earth.

For little explorers, the immersive kid-friendly environment at Crown Family PlayLab has six themed play areas bursting with real artifacts and specimens for them to make their own discoveries, develop new skills and take on the role of scientist for a day. Dig up dinosaur bones, grind corn in a Pueblo or put on an animal costume and crawl, hop and fly.


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The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410


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