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Following a two-month closure due to COVID-19, the Field Museum will be reopening to its members on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, and to the general public on Saturday, January 23. On Monday, January 25 and Thursday, January 28, general admission will be free for Illinois residents. The museum will maintain its safety precautions from the summer and fall, including mandatory mask usage, social distancing, and reduced capacity.
“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,” says Ray DeThorne, the museum’s chief marketing officer. “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. These are the kinds of experiences you can’t get from home. And the museum is so big, visitors can safely explore while still social distancing.”
“The museum’s reopening is a great chance to see Apsáaooke Women and Warriors, the Field’s first major exhibition curated by a Native scholar,” Jaap Hoogstraten, the museum’s director of exhibitions. “The exhibition opened the day before the museum’s initial closure in March, and we’re excited to welcome people back to learn about Apsáalooke culture, told by Indigenous voices.”
“Our first priority is the safety of our visitors and staff,” says DeThorne. “The Field is a scientific institution, so we’ve been closely following the guidelines set out by medical experts, and we’ll continue doing everything we can to make visiting the museum a safe, stress-free experience.”
The museum will maintain the safety guidelines it began this summer, including capping daily attendance at 25% of the museum’s full capacity, installing floor markers to ensure social distancing, and designating one-way paths through the museum to guide visitor traffic. All visitors and staff will be required to wear masks while inside the building (with age- and health-related exceptions as detailed on our website). Masks will be available for purchase for visitors who don’t have their own. The museum also has 144 hand-sanitizing stations for visitors to use. Touch-screen interactives and high-touch areas, including the Crown Family PlayLab, will not be available for the time being, as well as exhibition galleries that are too small to support social distancing.
Wednesday, January 20: tickets and memberships available for pre-purchase
Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22: museum reopens for members
Saturday, January 23: museum reopens to the general public
Monday, January 25 and Thursday, January 28: Free Days for Illinois residents
After reopening, the museum will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with plans to eventually reopen seven days a week. The museum’s hours will continue to be 9am–5pm.
Monday, January 18, 2021