As we all know, the Field Museum was forced to close its doors over 2 months ago when Illinois moved to Tier 3 mitigation measures. With Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcing that Chicago will move to Tier 2, museums have begun releasing their reopening plans and The Field Museum has announced it will reopen as soon as today.
However, if you’re not a member you’ll have to wait until this coming Saturday. The Field Museum will reopen today Thursday, January 21, for members only and then reopen to the general public this coming Saturday, January 23. There will also be two days of free admission to Illinois residents next week on Monday, January 25, and Thursday, January 28.
— Field Museum (@FieldMuseum) January 19, 2021
“We’re thrilled to welcome visitors back to the Field Museum so they can have fun and learn about the world around us while remaining safe. People haven’t been able to get out and travel lately, but when you come to the museum, you can explore ancient Egypt, watch a traditional Chinese shadow puppet show, stand beneath the world’s largest dinosaur, and come face to face with the world’s best-preserved T. rex.” ” said the museum’s chief marketing officer Ray DeThorne.
Under Tier 2, mitigation measures museums are allowed to open with certain restrictions outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The museum will reopen with strict Covid-19 precautions including mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing at all times, and a reduced capacity.
The Shedd Aquarium will also be reopening next week and, like the Field Museum, members will be granted earlier access.