Originally founded after the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, the Field Museum of Natural History is one of the best natural history museums in the country with over 26 million specimens and cultural artifacts in its collection. View the permanent and special exhibitions that tell the story about the life and culture of planet earth.
Opened in 1894, the Field Museum is a historic museum with a contemporary understanding of natural history. The Field Museum is perhaps best known as the home to Sue the T-Rex, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. This amazing find and others are on view daily in the beautifully designed halls and galleries throughout the museum. See the murderous Tsavo Lions that rampaged villages in Africa or visit a life-size replica of a Pawnee Earth Lodge or a Maori Meeting House, see the McDonald’s Fossil Prep Lab or stop by the DNA Discovery Center where you can learn about DNA up-close from scientists.
Special exhibits have a similar range of scientific exploration with galleries including topics on Vikings, lichens, the animals of Extinct Madagascar, and the reptiles that lived on Pangaea before the dinosaurs. Special exhibits are constantly re-imagined and evolving after a scheduled period on view. See a 3D movie like Galapagos, Titans of the Ice Age, or the Story of Sue for a unique perspective at natural history.
Located in beautiful Grant Park, the Field Museum is only minutes away from the Art Institute and Shedd Aquarium. The Field Museum is open daily from 9-5, except on Christmas Day.