“When are the Free Days at The Field Museum in January and February?”

There are thirty-four upcoming Free Admission Days at The Field Museum of Natural History in January and February. Basic Admission will be free for Illinois residents on Wednesday, January 8, 2020; Wednesday, January 15, 2020; Monday, January 20, 2020; Wednesday, January 22, 2020; Wednesday, January 29, 2020; and the whole of February (Saturday, February 1, 2020 through Saturday, February 29, 2020).  This is an excellent opportunity for families with preschool-age children, homeschooling families, and adults with open schedules to explore The Field Museum on days when it will not be crowded. On Free Admission Days, Basic Admission (general admission) tickets are free for Illinois residents who provide valid proof of residency in the state. Please note that Monday, January 20, A.D. 2020 is Martin Luther King, Junior Day, which all schoolchildren have off, so if either parent (or perhaps a grandparent or uncle or aunt) also has the day off, a trip to The Field Museum may be a good way to spend the civic holiday.


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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 have been enjoyed by generations of Midwesterners (as well as visitors from distant places).  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, or 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.


Chicago Residents

      This offer does not apply on Free Admission Days, but normally Chicago residents can receive $5 or more on Basic Admission.

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.

Chicago CityKey Card

      A Chicago resident receives free Basic Admission on one trip to The Field Museum during the first year after getting one’s CityKey card.  Immediate family members traveling with one also enjoy free Basic Admission on that trip.


One can save 50% or more on premium admission to five of seven top attractions Chicago has to offer by purchasing a CityPASS ticket: The Field Museum, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago in the Sears Tower, the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum or The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago Observation Deck in the John Hancock Building.  

Go Chicago

One can save up to 55% on admission to twenty-six of Chicago’s attractions (including The Field Museum) through the purchase of a single GoChicago ticket from Go City.

Credit: Go City Card: Caption: This is an ad for the Go Chicago Explorer Pass.

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.

About The Field Museum

      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) 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.  Moving SUE upstairs and remounting her in The Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet, the installation of the titanosaur and pterosaurs (flying reptile) casts in Stanley Field Hall, and the traveling exhibit Antarctic Dinosaurs fall under the umbrella of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience.  Two years ago, The Field Museum announced the $250,000,000 fundraising campaign “Because Earth. The Campaign for the Field Museum.”

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

      The Field Museum is located on the Museum Campus at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Burnham Park, due east of Grant Park in downtown Chicago.  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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