Obscura Society IL: The Insect Collections of the Field Museum - Atlas Obscura

Chicago, IL

Obscura Society IL: The Insect Collections of the Field Museum

Go behind the scenes at the Field Museum to experience live insects and see rare specimens from the Field's collections.

Join the Illinois Obscura Society for a special behind the scenes experience with rare specimens from the Field Museum's insect collections and a live insect demonstration.

Chicago's Field Museum is one of the largest natural history collections in the world, housing nearly 26 million specimens, over half of which are insects. Join collections manager Jim Louderman as he introduces us to live tarantulas, snakes, centipedes, and beetles. Jim will also present a sampling of specimens that are normally not on display, including giant beetles collected in Illinois, endangered butterflies, the first discovered specimens of a variety of insect species, and some extremely rare specimens that are not on display to the public!

After the behind the scenes experience, we will go on a docent-led tour of the public areas of the museum. Tickets to this event include admission to one ticketed exhibition, so once the tour is complete, guests are free to explore the museum at their leisure.

Saturday, March 28; 9:15m - 11:30am
Tickets: $65
As a group, we will meet at the East Entrance to the museum at 9:15am before meeting with Jim in front of Carl Akeley's elephants in Stanley Field Hall. The tour will begin promptly at 9:30am.
Directions and parking information can be found here.
All ages welcome!


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