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Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)

  • The Field Museum 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)


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Experience birds and explore the Chicago Field Museum like never before!  On February 15, join us for an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the museum specifically for Madison Audubon, which includes the following special presentations and opportunities:

  • Presentation about and a guided tour of the Museum's extensive ornithology collection by Bird Collection Research Scientist Josh Engel
  • Tour of Peggy Macnamara's studio, the Field Museum's artist-in-residence (and artist of the artwork below)
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the bird collections: learn about the more than 500,000 museum specimens and get a hands-on look at bird study skins, eggs, and more.
  • Tour the Bird Lab and meet the Museum scientists and volunteers, and explore fascinating experiments-in-progress, including flesh eating beetle projects!
An example of the incredible artwork done at the Field Museum Bird Lab by Peggy Macnamara.

An example of the incredible artwork done at the Field Museum Bird Lab by Peggy Macnamara.

In addition to these amazing tours that are not offered to the general public, participants will have the afternoon to explore the rest of the museum with a special access pass. This pass includes admission into all of the permanent and premium exhibits at the museum, not including the 3-D theater movie.

Transportation to and from the Field Museum will be provided by Madison Audubon Society and is included in the cost of the trip. A bus will depart the Dutch Mill Park & Ride at 7 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, February 15. 

Cost covers transportation, behind-the-scenes tour (NOT AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC), exclusive presentations by museum staff, a museum special access pass (normally $36 per person), and a small donation to the Bird Lab at the Field Museum.

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*Participants are responsible for the cost of their own food for the day (there are restaurants on-site or you may bring your own food)