Chicago’s Field Museum, is a natural history museum and is one of the largest such museums in the world. The museum is a premier natural history museum through the size and quality of its educational and scientific programs, and has an extensive scientific specimen and artifact collections. The diverse, permanent exhibitions, which attract up to two million visitors annually, ranging from the earliest fossils to past and current cultures from around the world.
The Field Museum maintains a temporary exhibition program of traveling shows as well as in-house produced topical exhibitions. It maintains collections of over 24 million specimens and objects that provide the basis for the museum’s scientific research programs. These collections include the full range of existing biodiversity, gems, meteorites, fossils, as well as rich anthropological collections and cultural artifacts from around the globe. The Field Museum Library, which contains over 275,000 books, journals, and photo archives focused on biological systematics, evolutionary biology, geology, archaeology, ethnology and material culture, supports the Field Museum’s academic research faculty and exhibit development. The museum is located just ten minutes from the Chicago Lake Shore Hotels doorstep.