“When are the Illinois Free Days at The Field Museum in June?” by S.M. O’Connor

In June of 2019, Illinois Resident Free Days at The Field Museum of Natural History are Wednesday the 26th through Friday the 28th, as I mentioned in “When are the 2019 Illinois Free Days at The Field Museum?”  On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents who provide proof of residency in state.

Free basic admission covers admission to general exhibits.  This is a good way to bring a family or group of friends to see classic exhibits that periodically get updated but overall have existed in the same form for decades and been enjoyed for generations of Midwesterners.  It is also a cheap way to see special exhibits or traveling exhibits and movies that require separate tickets that are available at discounted prices.

Basic Admission on Free Days

Includes all general admission exhibits, such as the Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet, Robert R. McCormick Halls of the Ancient Americas, and Inside Ancient Egypt.

AdultsChildren (Ages 3-11)Senior Citizens (65+)Students with ID

Discounted Discovery Pass

Includes all general admission exhibits, and one ticketed exhibit or one 3D movie.

AdultsChildren (Ages 3-11)Senior Citizens (65+)Students with ID

Discounted All-Access Price

Includes all general admission exhibits, all ticketed exhibits, and one 3D movie.

AdultsChildren (Ages 3-11)Senior Citizens (65+)Students with ID

These discounted passes are available in person at The Field Museum.  They cannot be purchased online in advance of a visit.

Proof of Residency

      No special coupon, ticket, or pass is required to enter The Field Museum during Free Admission Days.  Just present a current Illinois Driver’s License, Illinois State ID, or Chicago CityKey card at the ticket desk to establish proof of residency.  If one does not have one of these aforementioned identification cards, one may establish residency with a combination of another photo identification card and an Illinois lease, an Illinois library card, an Illinois student photo identification card, an Illinois utility bill, and an Illinois work identification card or check stub.  Check the Events Webpage and The Field Museum of Natural History’s social media accounts for updates about free days and special events happening at The Field Museum.

Military and Teacher Discounts

      Active military personnel receive complimentary Basic Admission.  Teachers from anywhere in Illinois who teach preschool through 12th Grade also receive free Basic Admission.

Museums for All

      The Field Museum participates in the Museums for All program as a result of which it offers discounted admission to all families who qualify for state food assistance.  Show an EBT (Link) or WIC card to receive $3-per-person admission for up to six people.  This rate applies during normal business hours every day that The Field Museum is open.

Open 364 days a year (every day but Christmas Day) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the last admission time to The Field Museum is 4:00 p.m.  SUE’s “private suite” (formerly the movie theater in Evolving Planet) within in Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet opened on Friday, December 21, 2018.  SUE is the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton yet recovered.  Her mounted bones went on display at the Field Museum on May 17, 2000.[1]  More than 10,000 people visited The Field Museum that day.

In one of the largest private gifts ever to a Chicago museum, the Tyrannosaurus rex SUE was remounted in a more scientifically accurate way and moved upstairs from Stanley Field Hall to the exhibit The Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet, as I wrote about in 2017.  Meanwhile, a touchable cast of the biggest dinosaur yet discovered, Patagotitan mayorum, was installed in Stanley Field Hall, as part of The Field Museum’s 125th anniversary celebrations in 2018, thanks to a $16,500,000 gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Trust.  This titanosaur cast, which strecthes across 122 feet of Stanley Field Hall, has been dubbed Máximo.  Last year, The Field Museum announced the $250,000,000 fundraising campaign “Because Earth. The Campaign for the Field Museum.”


Figure 1 Credit: John Weinstein, The Field Museum Caption: This is Máximo the Titanosaur and Carl Akeley’s African Elephant Group in Stanley Field Hall at The Field Museum of Natural History.

The Field Museum has over 30,000,000 artifacts and specimens.  Over 150 scientists, conservators, and collections staff members work there.

The address is 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The phone number is (312) 922-9410.  The Website U.R.L. is https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

[1] William Mullen and Alex Bordens, “Learning from Sue,” Chicago Tribune, 16 May, 2010, Section 1, p. 4

See also William Mullen, “T. Rex Proving to be $8.3 Million Bargain for Field Museum,” Chicago Tribune, 16 May, 2010, Section 1, p. 4

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