A few weeks ago, my boys and I got a chance to go to the Field Museum together. It was just a mommy and son day out since my husband had a nearby appointment. I hadn’t been to the museum in about 13 years but they had been there just the year before, so they decided to “teach” me all about everything we saw. It was so much fun and so educational!
We only had a couple of hours to explore but we made the most of it. I let the boys lead me through and pick which exhibits they wanted to see.
- Check local event schedules and time your trip accordingly – holiday weekends, Cub game days, special events at the museum, and even rush hour and construction could majorly impact your travel time.
- Plan to arrive early – the museum can easily keep you entertained all day, and if you are done early, there are plenty of fun sights nearby.
- Plan ahead on your parking – the Field Museum has some tips for where to park on their website, click here for parking information.
- Bring snacks/lunch – you are allowed to carry a backpack, so I recommend bringing snacks and lunch to save a bit of money, or to help be more prepared if you have food allergies. There is an area on the lower level as well as a beautiful grass yard outside for a lunch break. If you do not want to tote around food, there are two restaurants at the museum.
- Look for discounts – As stated on their website, “Families with valid EBT (Link) or WIC cards from any state are eligible for $3-per-person Basic admission for up to six people.” You can also qualify for free or discounted visits if you are a member of another museum. I am a member of a local children’s museum, the Discovery Center Museum, in Rockford, IL and qualified for free basic admission for my family at the Field Museum. You can also visit the museum on “Free Admission Days” but be aware that it will be very busy.
Inside the Museum
After checking in, the first exhibit we went to was Inside Ancient Egypt right there on the first level. It was absolutely amazing! First you walk into what looks like a (mini) pyramid. After walking through, you will reach a staircase. You can go down into the “pyramid” and view real ancient mummies! They have 23 human mummies and over 30 animal mummies. You can also learn about ancient Egyptian life and see real and reconstructed artifacts.
The Egyptian exhibit was so impressive and interesting that we had to go through it again before we left the museum. It was definitely a favorite of ours!
Next, we couldn’t help but go check out Maximo, the Titanosaur! Modeled from fossil bones, Maximo stands over 28 feet tall!
We wandered through some more exhibits, took a few bathroom breaks (and snack breaks because that’s life with two growing boys!) and eventually came across the Metetorites, Minerals, and Gems exhibits. We probably spent equal time in each as my boys oohed and awed about everything. Now that both are becoming avid readers, they were able to read the descriptions and maintain interest as we walked through. They read and learned about birthstones and found each one around the room of gems, and then looked to see which gems were their favorites.
We checked out more exhibits but I was focused on my time with them so I didn’t really get a lot of photos. I am actually patting myself on the back for that. It felt great to just be there in the moment!
Since we only had a couple of hours to explore, we got through everything that was on their list, then went behind the Field Museum for a snack and quick view of the city and Lake Michigan before we had to leave. The weather was absolutely gorgeous so we took a nice walk before leaving.
We definitely look forward to another visit as there were several exhibits we didn’t have time to see. Next time we will definitely set aside more time since it just wasn’t in the books for us that time. The Field Museum has so much to offer and you will discover something new with every visit! It is such an educational place for all ages.