A visit to the Field Museum is perfect for this cold winter weather. It's winter season now and there's not a lot of events and festivals during this time and the gloomy and frigid weather also doesn't help having something to look forward to in the following months so indoor activity like museum visits are perfect and the best part is that The Field Museum offers free days to Illinois residents.
Going to one of the best museum in the world is really fun but can also be costly if you're taking your entire family so it's really nice to learn that Illinois residents can now visit the museum at absolutely zero cost.
Every Wednesday of January and February 2022, The Field museum is free for those who can show proof of Illinois residency such as follows:
- Illinois Identification card (state ID)
-Illinois driver's license
- Illinois lease or utility bill
- Illinois library card
-Illinois student ID with photo
-Illinois work ID or check stub
This is an exciting activity but before you plan your visit, the Field Museum website stated that “tickets for Free Days are only available to Illinois residents onsite and cannot be reserved in advance. Please ask a Guest Relations staff member when you arrive at the museum and be ready to show your Illinois proof of residency.”
The Field Museum Website also stated that the free admission includes all general admission exhibitions while the All Access and Discovery passes can be purchased for discounted prices for both adults and children.
Basic admission on Free Days includes all general admission exhibitions such as Evolving Planet, The Ancient Americas and Inside Ancient Egypt.
Discounted Discovery Pass includes admission to all general admission exhibitions, one ticketed exhibition or 3D movie. Adult tickets costs $10 and children of ages 3-11 costs $8.
Discounted All-Access Pass includes all general admission exhibitions like Wild Color, Cyrus Tang Hall of China and Underground adventure and all ticketed exhibitions and one 3D movie. Adult tickets costs $16 and Children of ages 3-11 costs $14.
I truly enjoyed the Ancient Americas exhibit and the relics of the Aztec Empire is magnificent. One of my favorite collection was the hand-carved tools used by the ice age hunters.
And of course if you're planning to visit, make sure to check out the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found named SUE which can be found in the Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet . Sue has been a permanent feature at the Field Museum of Natural History.
The Museum is also following health and safety protocols and before you plan your visit during covid, please take note of the following:
- All visitors ages five and up are required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
- Valid proof of vaccination consists of a valid photo ID for ages 16 and up and vaccination card or photocopy of vaccination card
- Face masks are required for everyone two years and older and masks should be worn at all times inside the museum except in designated areas for eating and drinking.
So if you're looking for a fun activity for a Winter Wednesday especially for children, plan your Field Museum visit before the last free day on Wednesday, February 23rd 2022.