Field Museum
Field Museum
Field Museum

Field Museum

Located at
1400 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
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Natural History Lives at the Field Museum

Discover the natural world around us at this popular Chicago museum, located next to the Shedd Aquarium on the famous Lake Shore Drive. Step into the Classic Revival building and into a world where dinosaurs, mummies, and 21 million specimens crawl, slither and amaze. At the Field Museum of Natural History, you'll discover well-preserved dinosaur skeletons, life-like dioramas of animal habitats, taxidermy, interactive exhibits, and 3D films that let you get up close to this amazing planet.


Admission: Adults $15, Children (3 to 11) $10, Seniors $12, Students $12
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Collection Highlights: Inside Ancient Egypt, Sue the T-Rex, Evolving Planet


  • Join the Museum Highlights Tour
  • Spot Sue, the most well-preserved T-Rex
  • Get up close to 23 human mummies Inside Ancient Egypt
  • Go out of this world at the Evolving Planet exhibit
  • Get a bugs-eye view at The Underground Adventure

Sue, The T-Rex

In 2000 archeologists in South Dakota uncovered Sue, the best-preserved T-Rex fossil to date. The 67 million year old giant is a whopping 42 feet long and stands at 13 feet tall. Come face to face with this jaw-dropping creature, or catch one of the educational exhibits depicting the backstory of Sue's discovery.

Museum History

The idea for the Field Museum came out of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The museum was originally housed in the Palace of Fine Arts (today the Museum of Science and Industry) until it moved to its present location in the Museum Campus in 1921. In 1905, the museum was renamed after Marshall Field, the city's benefactor.


Q1: What do I need to know about getting here and parking?

A1: The museum is located on Lake Shore Drive, right in the heart of Chicago's Museum Campus. Visitors arriving by car will find several parking options including the Soldier Field North Garage, open daily from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the East Museum lot, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keep in mind that special events and concerts affect traffic and parking.

Q2: What are some of the things to do with kids?

A2: Explore and play with the variety of activities and exhibits that keep little ones entertained. At Kraft Story Time, listen to a 20 minute story and create your own art project. Head to one of the interpretive stations to write your name in hieroglyphs, or put together a giant floor map of Africa. At the Crown Family PlayLab put your nature scientist thinking caps on.

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