Field Trip Experiences

Every trip to the museum is different. Customize your group’s field trip with a wide variety of experiences. Pack an array of educational experiences into your students’ day, or create a theme around a lesson you’ve focused on in the classroom.

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Pre-scheduled experiences

You must register student groups for all experiences during the registration process.

Field Trip Classes 

Illinois field trips can add facilitated class experiences to field trips for a fee, subject to availability. The fee is $100 per 45 minute class. All classes are a 45 minute experience with a facilitator, in classroom and/or exhibit spaces depending on the grade level. Younger students will have a 15-25 minute class and additional interactive touring or play time. Older students will have a 30-45 minute class with any additional time being guided in exhibits. Scholarships may be available for Title I schools.

We will contact you to confirm your reservation or to make changes based on availability.

Class capacity is 30-35 students depending on the class and age. Here is a more detailed description of the classes prior to making your selections. If you are bringing multiple grade levels and selecting multiple classes, please include the number of students per class notes and additional information box at the end of this form.

Classes not available from June 10, 2024-August 16, 2024.

Crown Family PlayLab (Pre-K to 1st Grade)

The Crown Family PlayLab is a play space for children in Pre-K-1st grade to explore and engage in hands-on learning activities. Sign up for a FREE session, your group will get 30 minutes reserved in the space for a self-guided visit.


Many of our exhibitions are free with museum admission—no special ticket or reservations required. Admission to one ticketed exhibition is available for Illinois groups for free; two or more ticketed exhibitions is available for an additional cost.

Drop-in activities

No pre-registration is required for drop-in activities during your day at the museum. Simply stop by for extra learning opportunities throughout your field trip.

Grainger Science Hub

Educators and Field Museum scientists in the Grainger Science Hub are pumped to tell students about some of the items from our collection that the public doesn't always get to see. Gather around objects and specimens for up-close experiences and check out frequently-updated exhibits on recent scientific research.

Discovery Squad

Pop over to a Discovery Squad cart in Stanley Field Hall for a peek at real objects from the natural world. Animal skulls, rocks and fossils, and items from deep within our collection are just a few of the surprises students may encounter.

Interested in helping students explore the Museum? Learn more about opportunities to volunteer with field trips.