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Group Visits


Visiting the Museum with a group is easier than ever with a number of programs for groups to choose from. Our unique mix of living, preserved and non-living collections engages visitors of all ages for the perfect Chicago museum experience.

Group Visit Admission Prices

Group rates are given for all groups of ten or more, seven days a week - including Thursdays, our suggested donation day. A group of ten or more wishing to visit on a Thursday will be given the group rate and must register at least two weeks in advance. 

Group rates apply to preschools not located within an Illinois elementary school, daycares, after school programs, school summer sessions, non-Chicago Park Districts, scout groups not taking a scout workshop, college/universities and pre-registered groups of ten or more paying visitors. 

Adults (Ages 23-59) $7.00
Seniors (ages 60 +) $5.50
Students (ages 13-22) $5.50
Children (ages 3-12) $4.50
Children (under 3) Free

Group rates do not apply to verified Illinois Home School Groups. Free admission is given to Home School Groups of three or more students that submit verification of home school status before submitting a group visit request. Please click the button below for more information.

Home School Verification

For information on birthday parties at the Museum please click here. Birthday party groups are not eligible for group rates and must register through Private Events.

Group Visit Information

Confirmation Sheets
After you've submitted a request form, we will process your request within five business days. Once we've booked your group visit, we will send you a confirmation packet via email. Your group visit is not confirmed until you've received this email. After five days, if you have not received an email please email to check on the status of your request. 

Tour Cards
In order to ensure that our visitors have the opportunity to explore the Museum fully, groups with more than thirty students will be split up into lettered groups (A, B, C etc.). We will provide one tour card, on the day of your visit, to the leader of each lettered group listed on your Confirmation Sheet. These custom tour cards provide an outline for your trip and also include specific times and locations for lunches and workshops. Tour cards will be distributed after your group leader has checked in at the front desk in the Museum lobby. Click here for a sample tour card.

Note: Groups such as family reunions, senior centers and other adult groups can request not to be split into lettered groups and be provided with maps instead of a tour card. 

If you have requested a lunch space be reserved for your group, the request will be indicated on your confirmation sheet. When you arrive at the Museum, each lettered group's lunch time and location will appear on their tour card. Please do not call ahead for lunch times.

We will collect lunches when groups arrive and bring them to the lunch room at your assigned lunch time. We ask that you bring lunches in small, recyclable brown paper bags.

All chaperones and group leaders attending on a group visit will be charged the group rate. The Museum recommends a 1:5 (grades PK-3/ages 0-9) and 1:10 (grades 4-12/ages 10-17) adult:student ratio.

Add to your Group Visit

Enhance your group’s Nature Museum experience by participating in one of our popular, hands-on workshops during your field trip. Choose from our 15 workshops created for Pre-K through High School groups that use unique museum resources to teach relevant science and nature content. All workshops are taught by Museum educators and correlate with the Next Generation Science Standards.  

Looking to focus your group visit? We offer you a choice of four free themes to attach to your group visit.These themes will provide your groups with a focus while traveling through our permanent, temporary and outdoor exhibits. Groups will be given a custom-themed tour card for their self-guided tour. Choices include Insects & More, Midwest Ecosystems, Collections & Specimens and Conservation.

Make your field trip visit unforgettable by releasing a butterfly for its very first flight. For $10 per class, each class will be able to adopt a butterfly that has just emerged from its chrysalis and is ready to be released into the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven.

Enrichment Options for Groups    Themed Field Trips    Adopt-a-Butterfly 

Anything else?

Please visit our Group Visit FAQs for answers to common questions. If you need further assistance, please email

Reserve your space today!

Please only submit one request per field trip. If you are planning multiple field trips - either on more than one day or a morning and afternoon visit - you must fill out a separate request for each. Before requesting a visit, please review the Payment & Cancellation Policies

Group Visit Request Form

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