Field Trip Policies
If you are an out-of-state educator, visit here for field trip programs and registration.
Educators, pardon our dust! Throughout 2013, we will be closing a handful of exhibitions for general maintenance. Fortunately there's plenty more to see at the Museum during your field trip! Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations of alternate destinations within the Museum. Note that this schedule is subject to change.
2012-2013 School Year
Exhibition Temporary Closings
January - mid February: What is an Animal?
mid February - April: Reptiles & Amphibians
April - mid May: Mammals of Africa
mid May - late June: Africa (partial)
late June - August: North American Indians
- Payment is due 30 days prior to your visit, or at the time of registration if your visit is fewer than 30 days away. Remit payment to: The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605, Attn: Reservations Office.
- Prices are subject to change. Visit Field Trip Prices for current pricing.
- Teachers and chaperones that have not pre-registered will not be eligible for the discounted group rate and will be subject to the full retail admission costs upon arrival, read here.
- To cancel or revise your reservation email email@example.com or call 312-665-7500. Cancellations or changes to your reservation must be made 14 days prior to the scheduled visit to receive a refund.
- Groups that arrive at the Museum with fewer people than were paid for at the time of the reservation will not receive a refund.
- Registration for groups is required on Museum Free Days. Groups that do not pre-register may not be admitted.
- During field trips teachers are considered chaperones.
- Pre-K through 2nd grade students must be accompanied by a minimum of 1 adult for every 5 students and a maximum of 1 adult for every 3 students.
- 3rd through 12th grade students must be accompanied by 1 adult for every 10 students.
- Adults in excess of the ratio not included in pre-registration will be subject to full admission costs upon arrival.
- Failure to abide by the required chaperone ratio may result in your group being turned away at the door. Students must remain with their chaperones at all times in the Museum. Failure to adequately supervise your group may result in the group being asked to leave the Museum.
Siragusa Center (Reserved Space)
- Lunchroom space at the Siragusa Center is limited to groups with reservations.
- You may bring your own lunches or pre-order lunch from McDonald’s (see below).
- A $65 fee per group for use of the Siragusa Center (for eating and/or storing coats and lunches) applies to schools and organizations outside of Chicago. Chicago schools and Chicago non-profit youth based organizations can use the facility for free with pre-registration. Fee-based student classes during field trip hours include complimentary lunch space in a classroom.
- Check for a special attachment to your confirmation materials for your scheduled lunchtime and any applicable fees. When lunch space is not available on the date(s) you requested, no scheduled time will be listed on your confirmation materials.
- If you have reserved the Siragusa Center, Museum staff will collect your lunches and coats when you arrive at the Museum. Please arrive at Siragusa five minutes prior to your scheduled lunch time. Backpacks cannot be stored due to space limitations and will not be considered “lunch bags.”
McDonald's (Reserved Space/Preorder Lunch)
- You may preorder lunch and reserve seating in McDonald's for your group by completing the McDonald’s registration here. No outside food is allowed in McDonald's.
Free Lunch Seating (First-come, first-serve)
- Free lunch seating is also available at the Sea Mammals area (ground level) and on the patio. This limited space is first-come, first served. Please bring lunches in backpacks if choosing this option. Lunches will not be held in the Siragusa Center.
- Buses should drop students off at the barrier-free East Entrance.
- Buses can access the East Entrance by traveling north on Museum Campus Drive past McFetridge Drive. Follow Museum Campus Drive to your right toward the Adler Planetarium. Turn left at the first stop sign, and turn left again to head back west toward the Museum. Turn right into the East Entrance drop off area. Buses should exit the turnaround at the south exit of the East Entrance parking lot. Buses cannot stage pickups or drop-offs on Solidarity Drive or on the south side of the Museum.
- For driving directions, click here.
- Students are welcome in all of the Museum’s stores, as long as they are accompanied by the required ratio of adults. Stores are located on the ground level, main level, and upper level.
In the Exhibitions
- Please protect our collections by not allowing gum, candy, food, or drink in the exhibition halls.
- If your group is drawing or taking notes in the exhibitions, please remind students not to use exhibits or exhibit cases as a writing surface.
- Photographs are permitted in all areas of the Museum except in temporary exhibitions. Keep an eye out for signage that notes "no photographs" when applicable.
- We encourage you and your students to make yourselves comfortable in our exhibitions. Students or small groups can sit on the floor in our exhibitions so long as they do not block traffic flow.