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The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Illinois 60605 | 312-922-9410
36 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments
Ages: Ages 3 — adult
Cost: $$$$
Hours of operation: Daily 9am-5pm

As an educational institution the Field Museum offers multiple opportunities for both informal and more structured public learning. Exhibits remain the primary means of informal education, but throughout its history the Museum has supplemented this approach with innovative educational programs. The Harris Loan Program, for example, begun in 1912, provides educational outreach to children, bringing artifacts, specimens, audiovisual materials, and activity kits to Chicago area schools. The Department of Education, begun in 1922, offers a changing program of classes, lectures, field trips, museum overnights and special events for families, adults and children. Professional symposia and lectures, such as the annual A. Watson Armour III Spring Symposium, presents the latest scientific results to the international scientific community as well as the public at large.  

The Crown Family PlayLab
Now Open!
Dig in...Dress up... Explore and grow! Young children are natural scientists, constantly observing and testing the world around them. Now there’s a wonderful new place to encourage your child’s explorations and creative play: the Crown Family PlayLab at The Field Museum.
The PlayLab starts with a child’s innate curiosity and a family-friendly environment, adds real artifacts and specimens, and encourages young explorers to discover the wonders of nature and learn about diverse cultures.  
What does your child want to do today? At the PlayLab, children can dress up as a local animal and star in their own nature play, or explore a pueblo home and see how families lived in different times and places. They can examine insects in amber and colorful woven pouches, play an African drum or dance to a Latin beat. They can pull out drawers and discover hidden objects, play in a dinosaur’s nest, or uncover a dinosaur bone. The PlayLab offers endless opportunities for young visitors to express themselves, thrill to their own discoveries, and be a scientist for a day. With activities and challenges that grow along with your child’s interests, the PlayLab offers a new adventure every time you visit.
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/playlab/highlights.asp


36 Reviews for The Field Museum

minnemom
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December 23 2010
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"Fossils in the Floor and More"

The Field Museum is huge!  Sue, the big dinosaur, is one of the main attractions, but my kids loved making a giant world map with volunteers, finding fossils in the floor, and (of course) eating at the dinosaur-themed McDonald's on the premises. Story times and other family programs are offered frequently.

April 01 2014
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"The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt at the Field Museum "

If you're going to the Field Museum as part of a class trip or team building day, make sure to sign up for the  Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt! While testing your team’s ability to work together, you’ll go from ancient Egypt to the Pacific Islands, from the tundra to the forest, from Tibet to the time of dinosaurs.

The hunt is available in two-hour or 90-minute editions. You can also add Team Photo Challenges to spur creativity and team bonding—and to have souvenirs of the hunt. The Field Museum also  offers special classrooms that can be reserved for off-site meetings—and a scavenger hunt provides a great break for out-of-the-box team building and morale boosting.

For tickets: http://www.watsonadventures.com/private/event/the-museum-of-natural-hysteria-scavenger-hunt-3/

October 30 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun and Educational!"

My younger daughter loves museums and the Field is one of her favourite! We have visited a few times and, in my opinion, it's worth it just to see Sue the T-Rex which is the largest and best-preserved T-Rex ever discovered. My daughter also loves the Ancient Egypt exhibits and could easily spend hours there absorbing every detail.

The Field Museum is one of the attractions included in a Chicago City Pass which is a good deal for families planning to see several of the main attractions in the city. Having a City Pass will save money on admission prices and time spent waiting in the ticket line.

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chattykris
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May 26 2013
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"Fun place to visit on vacation"

We went to The Field Museum on vacation a few years ago.  My children were 7 and 3.  They really liked the family lab.  I liked it also--lots to do for a variety of ages.  It was really beautiful for me.  I didn't get to see as much as I wanted because of my kids age.  But I loved Sue the dinosaur. My older child and I really liked the Ancient Egypt exhibit.  Overall a good solid visit.  

March 09 2013
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"Great for the Dinosaur Lover"

We had a great time learning about many things at the Field Museum.  Our favorite was visiting Sue the Dinosaur.  We were shocked that the skull on the body was not Sue's real head, but an impostor.  The real head was in a case on display on the second floor.  It was huge!  The kids had fun learning about the jurassic period and posing with different fossils and statues of dinosaurs.  The detailing of the dinosaurs was the highlight of the trip.  My 2nd grader is now working on a dinosaur research project and was assigned the Triceratops.  We even picked up a couple hatching dinosaur eggs from the gift shop on the way out.  What a great way to extend the learning at home.  

Aside from seeing Sue, we enjoyed the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibit.  It was fun to see actual mummy sarcophaguses and try to pull cement bricks that were used on the pyramids.  We also enjoyed the Africa exhibit, the animal exhibit and the Hall of Jade.

There were additional exhibits that required an additional feel, such as Extreme Mammals.  We were too tired to stay any longer and I didn't want to pay the additional fees for my group of 7, so we passed.  

kmk1180
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January 24 2013
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"Field Museum is a Must See and Do for kids"

Going to the Field Musuem is one of the must do things all kids should get to see and do.   Not only Seeing a real dinosaur but the most famous real dinosaur Sue is something all kids should see.   Good Tip for kids is to have them find the Lions of Savo.  And read about their true story.
   Not to mention the various temporary exhibits the musuem offers annually.  It's truely one of the must see Museums in America.  

debi9kids
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January 10 2012
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"Fascinating Treasures at the Field Museum"

After spending the day touring Chicago it  felt like we walked for hours and we ended our walking tour at the Field Museum.

Although it wasn't one of our toddler son's favorite things to do for the day {read: he hated it and screamed until he fell asleep}, the other kids loved that it reminded them of Night at the Museum.
There was a little bit of everything to see,  from dinosaurs to mummies to native Americans, and the kids kept wondering when we would run into Teddy Roosevelt, Jedediah or Sacajawea ;)

debi9kids
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January 10 2012
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"Fascinating Treasures at the Field Museum"

It felt like we walked for hours and, let me tell you, Pete walks FAST, so we covered a lot of ground in that day and ended our walking tour at the Field Museum.

Although it wasn't one of Will's favorite things to do for the day {read: he hated it and screamed until he fell asleep}, the other kids loved that it reminded them of Night at the Museum. There was a little bit of everything to see and the kids kept wondering when we would run into Teddy Roosevelt, Jedediah or Sacajawea ;)

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MeganSAHM
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January 13 2011
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"Don't miss this!"

A trip to Chicago is not complete without visiting this fabulous museum.  I've been to lots of museums in my life, and this is in the top 3 for sure!  There are endless exhibits and things to do for all ages.  Parking in the area is a pain and very expensive, so be prepared.  

jessicamaybe
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January 12 2011
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"LOTS of exhibits"

My favorite part of the Field Museum is the huge T-rex... or is it the Egyptian exhibits?  Both?  If your kids are into dinosaurs or mummies, they'll find a lot of both here.  I would definitely bring babies in a baby carrier, however.  This is not the most stroller-friendly museum in the city, so I'd pack as light as possible.

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meggiemoo
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January 12 2011
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"Great Museum "

This is one of the better Museums around!  It is filled with tons of exhibits.  I don't recommend taking young children...it is not particularly fun for them.  Also, be sure to check out the free days schedule for the museum to get a deep discount.  I just did a Google search for Field Museum free day schedule.  There are over 50 free days throughout the year.  Although this only includes general admission.  

January 11 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Not baby friendly"

I found out the hard way that this museum is not at all stroller friendly.  Me, plus my 3-year-old, plus my 1-year-old did not at all equal fun!  There are no elevators to the basement (the Egypt exhibit) and I had to carry a baby on one shoulder and a folded up double stroller on the other shoulder down a very long, narrow, and crowded spiral staircase, all the while worrying that my 3-year-old was going to fall down the steps...then, we had to walk back up the stairs when we were done.

There is a general admission fee, but (again) there are exhibits that you must pay for if you want to see them.  If you go, I would plan to pay the extra money for those exhibits, as they are good exhibits.  It can get costly for a family to visit this museum.

The exhibits are more appropriate for older elementary-aged children.  I prefer the Museum of Science and Industry over this museum if you are going with children.

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xLillyxX
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January 11 2011
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"Great!"

Super fun! I'm not all into museums but this one was great! I had so much fun & so did the people I went with! I cannot wait until I go again! All the activites are so much fun! The gift shops are great & so are the resturants! So much fun to spend your day here!

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brenduh
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January 11 2011
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"A must visit museum"

Plan on spending the entire day at the field museum. It is by far my personal favorite Museum to go to. From the dinosaurs to the Trains and everything else inbetween! there are plenty of hands on areas for kids old and young to take part in. This museum is HUGE so deff plan on spending at the very least 8 hours walking threw it.

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smahuna
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January 10 2011
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"A Wealth Of Knowledge"

This museum features exhibits from cultures around the world. Thousands upon thousands of artifacts have been carefully preserved and are on display in creative and eye-catching ways at the museum. The IMAX theater has several different shows geared towards people of all ages, and the museum's many floors ensure at least one full day of exploring, if not two.

January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Repeat Visit!"

There is so much to see in this museum! One of my personal visits is the reproduction of and ancient Egyptian mastaba that we can walk in and then explore the inner caverns of. When you exit the tomb there is so much to see, an huge ancient Egyptian boat and lots of recreations of ancient Egyptian daily life items to play in. The museum also has one of the best dinosaur exhibits I have ever seen. Huge dinosaurs. One of their stars is Sue the T-Rex. Their Native American/First Peoples exhibit is engaging and surprising for adults and kids maybe closer to school age as opposed to toddlers.

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rneathery
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January 10 2011
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"Need more than one day here!"

This museum is so spectacular.  There is so much to see that everyone will be happy here.  It is also very easy to get to if you take public transit to get there.  Like my subject line says this museum is so large you definitely want to set aside a whole day for it and expect to stand in line if you haven't gotten tickets in advance.

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dnique1920
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January 10 2011
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"great for school projects"

the museum is full of information and exhibits...but it's a little boring to me and the younger children after they see the great dinosaur exhibit.  a tad pricey as is everything in Chicago, but worth going to at least twice (twice b/c you'll get tired the first day and have to finish the rest of the museum the next time lol)

kakorienek
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January 10 2011
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"must visit for tourist"

My family loves spending time at the museum.  Recent rennovations of the dinosaur exhibit are amazing.  The building itself is wonderful to explore. I could see how young children would get bored within an hour.  This is probably not the best place to bring a very young child or a very active child.

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swarnick
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January 10 2011
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"Perfect for musuem lovers"

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time here.  We loved that there was so many different things to see.  Expect to spend several hours walking and wear comfortable shoes.  I wouldn't recommend bringing children under 5.  This would probably more than most of them could handle.  Good educational family outing.

 
 

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