This post covers how to get discounted tickets to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, including free days, tours, and exhibits.
This section will give you an overview of ticket types and ticket prices.
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This gives you access to all the permanent exhibits.
This gives you access to all the permanent exhibits, plus one 3-D movie OR one ticketed exhibition.
This gives you admission to all of the permanent exhibits, the ticketed exhibitions, and one 3D movie:
There are multiple ways to get discounted tickets to the Field Museum of Natural History.
From tourist passes that include admission to programs with heavy discounts, here are the ways you might get a cheaper ticket to the Field Museum.
The Go Chicago Card tourist attraction discount pass gives you two options: an all-inclusive option and a prepackaged explorer option.
One of the 29 attractions you can choose is the Field Museum of Natural History. When you show up to the museum all you have to do is show your Go Chicago card.
Based on how many attractions most people can fit into the active-card period of time and the options you choose, you’ll get up to 55% off your Field Museum admission.
Like Smart Destinations all-inclusive pass, the CityPass booklet gets you access to 5 popular tourist attractions at steep discount. CityPASS holders get 50% off an All-Access Pass at the Field Museum.
For $98/Adult and $82/Child (3-11), you get the following:
Learn more about the different tourist attraction discount passes on our blog.
Active Military with ID gets free basic admission.
Teachers at Illinois schools (pre-K to 12th grade) get free basic admission.
Visitors who live within Chicago city limits get $5 off their admission with proof of address.
Free admission is limited to Illinois residents who must show ID. The free admission is good for the Basic Pass and additional fees must be paid for the Discovery and All-Access Passes.
There are usually a few dates per month, so it is worth checking out their website for these special admission times.
This section will give you useful information on getting to the museum, when to go, and what is allowed in the museum.
Make sure to visit the discounts section of this article if you want to get cheaper tickets.
The museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive at the Museum Campus.
We recommend using this Google map link for directions to the museum.
If you’re taking public transportation, there are a few CTA stops within walking distance.
TIP: Keep in mind that hop-on-hop-off bus tours in Chicago have stops near the museum!
The Field Museum of Natural History is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm every day of the week except Christmas, though the last admission time is at 4:00 pm.
The museum’s most popular times are Saturdays and Sundays between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm – so we suggest going in right when they open on weekends or on a weekday.
Luckily the museum is quite large, so even on busy days, the crowds can spread out a bit.
With the size of the museum and all the exhibits available, people generally spend 3 to 3 1/2 hours in the museum.
Check out the exhibits below to see what you can find during your visit.
There is a coat check service available for $3 per item. They will store backpacks, coats, and shopping bags.
NOTE: They are not responsible for lost items, and therefore will not store valuables, wallets, or purses.
If you want to get more insight into some of the most popular exhibits in the Field Museum, you might consider taking one of their free tours.
This section lists the tours available to all visitors.
Every day at 11:00 am, docents-led free walking tours that highlight the museum exhibits.
The tours last between 45 – 60 minutes and are conducted in English.
Consult their calendar for additional highlights tours of the museum. All tours depart from the main information booth.
Every day at 12:00 pm, there are SUE talks in her exhibit space.
SUE is the resident T-Rex and the museum claims that she is the largest and most popular T-Rex in the world. The talks last 15-20 minutes.
There are other free tours with a more narrow focus that are not run daily. Click here to view when these tours run.
Since the museum is so large, you’ll want a map to make sure you see everything you had in mind.
Museum maps and highlight guides are available in 9 languages: English; Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese and Portuguese.
Field Museum offers unique exhibits and displays throughout the year that are constantly changing.
If you just want the basic admission ticket, however, you won’t be disappointed with the permanent exhibits on display.
They’re timeless and interesting, including the Pawnee Earth Lodge, Tsavo Lions, Restoring Earth, Ancient Americas, Project Hyena Diorama, and more.
We’ve listed a few of the most popular in detail below:
Inside the Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet, you’ll see animals and organisms throughout the ages, including fossils and hands-on displays.
The most notable animal in this display, however, is the skeleton of SUE the T. rex. SUE is believed to be the largest in-tact T. rex fossil in the world, and it is sitting right in the middle of Chicago!
Ever wonder how the Ancient Egyptians lived their normal, every day lives? Visit the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibit to see a replica of an ancient market that was reconstructed from painted scenes on tomb walls.
You’ll also see the three-story reconstruction of a Pharaoh’s tomb!
Maximo the Titanosaur is a Patagotitan mayorum, otherwise known as the largest dinosaur ever discovered on Earth.
It was long-necked and ate plants in Patagonia, Argentina. Instead of being the actual fossil, this exhibit is a touchable cast made from the excavated bones.
This hub of fun activities allows visitors to touch and interact with a constantly rotating selection of the museums’ favorite items.
You can see which tools the scientists use and how, as well as get some in-depth knowledge of the specimens on display.
Created specifically for the museum’s younger visitors, this PlayLab encourages kids to learn through games and exploration.
Your youngsters can become scientists for the day and learn about other cultures, music, and even dinosaur nests.
Note: The lab is open Thursdays through Mondays and is for children 2 – 6 years old.
How do fossils come out of stone? It is a very delicate and time-consuming process to unearth the intricate fossils from the earth they were preserved in.
At the fossil prep lab, you’ll get to see all the steps it takes to get fossils museum-display ready!