Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605
Price of admission: Adults $14 (Chicago residents $12); children 4-11 $9 ($8 Chicago residents); Students w/ID $11 ($10 Chicago residents); Seniors 65+ $11 ($10 Chicago residents)
Website - 312-922-9410
Hours of Operations: Daily 9AM-5PM; Closed Christmas Day
The Field Museum was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. These objects form the core of the Museum's collections, which have grown through world-wide expeditions, exchange, purchase, and gifts to more than 20 million specimens. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes.
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.
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