Free Admission at Chicago’s Field Museum – August 2021

The Field Museum will be offering FREE BASIC ADMISSION, plus discounted passes to explore a ticketed exhibition or enjoy a 3D movie, for Illinois residents on the following August 2021 dates:

Aug. 23 and 26, 2021

Illinois residents can redeem free admission by reserving their tickets online then providing proof of residency at the museum. The free tickets include all general admission exhibitions, such as Evolving Planet, The Ancient Americas, and Inside Ancient Egypt.
Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) and active military personnel receive free basic admission year-round.
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Located on Chicago’s iconic Lake Michigan shore, the Field Museum opened its current building to the public in 1921—but our story began years earlier.

Our collection grew out of items on display in the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in the “White City.” The exposition delighted visitors with 65,000 exhibits filled with natural wonders and cultural artifacts, many of which later found a permanent home in Chicago at the newly created Field Columbian Museum. Our museum name still honors Marshall Field, who donated $1 million to make the collective dream of a permanent museum a reality.

Since opening the Museum in 1894, our collection has grown to nearly 40 million artifacts and specimens. The breadth of our mission has expanded, too. We continue to research the objects in our collections, as well as document previously unknown species, conserve ecosystems in our backyard and across the globe, educate budding scientists, invite cross-cultural conversation, and more—all to ensure that our planet thrives for generations to come.

The nearly 40 million specimens and artifacts in our collection are just the beginning of our quest to learn as much as we can about this incredible planet.

Our more than 150 scientists and researchers travel to the far corners of the world in search of new discoveries and clues to what life was like hundreds, thousands, and millions of years ago. Every day we find new evidence of just how interconnected our world is, and we’re working to build stronger communities to help preserve the planet for all the diverse life that makes Earth home.

We ask big questions, publish groundbreaking research for the scientific community, and craft exhibitions to capture the imagination of a public who shares our passion for science that is just plain fun.

Science is for everyone. And we can’t wait to share it with you.


Special Offers

Ask about our offers when you arrive at the Field—these discounts are only available in person.

Museums for All

Families with valid EBT (Link) or WIC cards are eligible for $3-per-person Basic admission for up to six people. Please show your valid EBT (Link) or WIC card when you purchase tickets at the museum.

Active Military Personnel and Illinois Teachers

Basic admission is complimentary for active military personnel and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade). Please show your employee or military status ID when purchasing tickets at the museum.

ASTC Travel Passport Program

If you’re a member of a science center or museum that participates in the ASTC Travel Passport Program, you can receive free Basic admission. Please show your science center or museum member ID when purchasing tickets at the museum.

Chase Arts & Culture Cardholder

If you have a Chase Arts & Culture card, you can receive free Basic admission for the cardholder and one guest. Please present your Chase Arts & Culture card when purchasing tickets at the museum.

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