The Field Museum is one of the most spectacular buildings in Museum Campus because it truly has a bit of EVERYTHING. You can learn about the past, current events, the past…it is such a wealth of knowledge is such a dramatically beautiful building. But here’s the thing…it is such a vast museum and can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming when visiting with your family. So here are 5 things to know before visiting the Field Museum with kids in tow:
1. Use the East entrance. It is stroller friendly and is also surrounded by some small carts and shops to buy a quick meal, drink, or treat before heading into the museum. The area is very well shaded, so you can even throw down a blanket and have a picnic before exploring the museum.
2. Head straight to the Crown Family Play Lab. It is such a fantastic way for your kids to interact with learning in creative and unique ways. We are huge fans of the music room, interactive dinosaur themed display, as well as the art room.
3. Make note of the AMAZINGLY family friendly bathrooms throughout the museum. They are so clean, spacious, and welcoming to those potty training and still in diapers that it needs to be recognized. They also have cozy nursing nooks for breastfeeding mamas.
4. See the animals. The Field Museum has an EXTENSIVE collection of preserved animals (current, endangered, and extinct) that are fascinating to get a closer look at. But be warned—some of them are a little bit scary so be sure to stick in the light and bright rooms with the toddler set and learn all about birds (and check out the cool videos displayed on the walls), as well as the sea creature exhibit.
5. Appreciate the architecture. Seriously….just the building is absolutely jaw dropping. So spend some time pointing out the intricate details (there are currently some Blackhawks jerseys draping some statues to show the city’s #onegoal pride). And with the ancient architecture means that it doesn’t have a ton of the modern conveniences that we are used to. So, similar to other museums on museum campus, it is best to baby wear and ditch the stroller. Or at the very least, leave your stroller near the “stroller parking” and explore without the wheels.