Plan Your Visit Related Questions

Why do you have specific service providers and vendors for my event?

To ensure the success of your event, The Field Museum has partnered with exclusive caterers, floral/décor providers, a lighting and audiovisual provider and other service providers, who are all trained in the policies and procedures of the Museum. All of our partners are fully licensed by the city and state and have provided certificates of insurance. Each partner is completely invested in creating the best event for the client and Museum.

When can events begin?

The Museum is open to the public everyday from 9:00 am-5:00pm. Depending on the event space, we can begin evening events as early as 6:00 pm with set-up on the floor beginning at 3:00 pm. Some of our event spaces are available during the day including our meeting facilities like James Simpson Theatre. Please contact an Account Manager to discuss your specific needs.

Can my event be the only one on at The Field Museum?

Yes, we do offer full Museum usage based on needs and availability. You should talk to an Account Manager about this option. Please keep in mind that The Field Museum often has events occurring simultaneously on any given evening and takes all the necessary steps to keep each event private including separate entrances, security and support staff.

Can I bring my own entertainment to my event?

Yes, but The Field Museum does reserves the right to approve or disapprove any entertainment offered at a special event to ensure that the nature of the gathering is consistent with The Field Museum’s mission. We also require all entertainment to supply us with proof of liability insurance. The name and type of entertainment must be provided to the Special Events Account Manager two weeks in advance of the event. The Museum prohibits any form of gambling activity, firearms, live animals, fog and smoke.

Where Are We?
Visit our Planning Your Visit section for detailed instructions on how to get here and a map of the Museum Campus.
Do you offer group discounts for package events?

Special Events customizes each event based on the client’s needs.  For clients looking for a more packaged option, our Group Sales department offers an After Hours experience that includes private viewing of an exhibition and cocktail reception.  This experience works well for groups of 50 or more guests. Menus have been created to specifically compliment the chosen exhibition.  Events can be enhanced with the addition of exhibition docents to interact with guests, audio-tours or premium bar upgrades.  For more information on the After Hours experience please contact the Group Sales department at (312) 665-7300. For information on group visits during regular Museum hours, please access the Groups Sales webpage.

Do I need a special ticket to see Sue?

No. Seeing Sue, the world’s largest and most complete T. rex is included with Museum admission. Sue is a permanent feature at The Field Museum and we are excited to bring this remarkable T. rex to the public.

Where does the money from my event go?

The Field Museum is a registered 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. Each revenue dollar from a special event is used to continue the work of The Field Museum, including research, education and exhibition development. The Field Museum is active in 94 countries and is continually expanding the collections and bringing exciting exhibitions to the community. We are also housed in a beautiful neo-classical building that is over 85 years old and requires continuous maintenance and upgrades to better accommodate our guests, collections and staff.

How do I get tickets for special exhibitions?

To ensure entry at the time and date of your choice, we encourage you to purchase tickets for the special exhibitions in advance online. Members may also reserve their tickets in advance at the Membership Desk at the Museum’s south entrance. Tickets can be purchased at the door when you arrive at the Museum, while supplies last. See ticket price information.

Is The Field Museum a "green-venue?"

Hosting your event at The Field Museum is a great way to be environtmentally responsible! For more information on The Field's green practices and event planning options, visit our "greener-field-page".

When are your free days?

Read about our free day schedule. Please note that admission fees for specially-ticketed exhibitions still apply. This includes Underground Adventure.

How and when do I purchase tickets for groups of 15 or more?

Please fill out a Group Sales reservation formand fax or mail it to us or visit our web-site to fill out an on-line reservation request form. Due to the availability of certain exhibitions, we urge you to book your group as far in advance as possible. Although we can take your booking up until the week prior to your visit, we appreciate at least a month’s notice. We cannot arrange docent tours or food service without at least two weeks notice. All tickets and services are subject to availability.

What are your hours?

The Field Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except Christmas. Museum hours are subject to change. Please see our admissions and hours page for the most up-to date information.

Will I receive confirmation of my group order?

Within 2-3 days of sending in your reservation form, you will receive a group confirmation along with payment procedures and other group policies. A 50% deposit is due within 2 weeks. Final group numbers and final payment are due 2 weeks prior to visit date. Cancellation with full refund is available if made no later than 2 weeks prior to visit date.

Can I take photographs?

Unless otherwise posted, you are welcome to take pictures of Museum exhibitions for personal use with hand-held cameras. To use a tripod or standing lights, please obtain a permit from the Information Desk in the Museum’s main hall.  No photography for commercial purposes is permitted without the express, written permission of The Field Museum.

How does our group check-in?

All groups should enter through EAST Entrance. This entrance provides barrier free access. Please send a group leader to the Group Sales desk to check-in. Tickets are not printed for groups. If you require printed tickets, you must make your request at least 10 days in advance of your visit. A convenience fee will be charged and the tickets will be mailed to you.

Do you have photographs or posters for purchase?

The Museum Store offers a selection of postcards featuring some of our most popular artifacts.

Is there a group discount for temporary exhibitions?

Groups of 10 or more receive discounted rates. 

How can I purchase merchandise from the Museum store?

The Museum has four spectacular stores, so you'll want to save ample time to shop. A selection of unique merchandise can be seen on our web site, and you can also place orders by phone, fax or mail. Browse online now. Find out more about ordering.

Where can our bus park?

Free parking is available in designated areas west of the Museum at the intersection of Roosevelt and Canal. Parking is also available for a fee at the Adler Planetarium's lot. Motorcoaches cannot stage on Solidarity Drive or the Museum drop-off areas. There is a designated turnaround at the East Entrance. 

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Visitors using wheelchairs or strollers may be dropped off at the East Entrance. Handicapped parking is available in the adjacent east lot on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wheelchairs are available, also on a first-come, first-served basis, at the East Entrance or at the Check rooms.

Do you have children's strollers?

Yes. Strollers may be rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask at the Check rooms when you arrive at the Museum.

Can I hold my event at The Field Museum?

The Museum hosts all types of events including, but not limited to: dinners, receptions, meetings, performances, weddings, galas, award ceremonies, presentations, film shoots, product launches, shareholder meetings, webcasts, teleconferencing, etc. We're open to ideas and concepts, so please - contact us for more information.

What is your pricing structure?

Although we do have base fees, every single event is unique and thus we customize our usage fees based on the specific function space(s) being utilized and the amount of time needed. Please contact an Account Manager to discuss your needs. We do offer not-for-profit discounts on our usage fees.