Field Museum Store

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago was first established in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. Its purpose was described as the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history." The Field Museum was originally housed in the World's Columbian Exposition's Palace of Fine Arts, which now houses the Museum of Science and Industry. In 1905, the museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honor the museum's first major benefactor, the department store baron Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences.

In 1921, the museum moved from its original location to its current site on the lakefront Museum Campus, which includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. These three institutions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and together attract more visits annually than any comparable site in Chicago. In 2006, the Field Museum had been the number one cultural attraction in Chicago but surrendered the title in 2007 to the Shedd Aquarium, which has greatly expanded its facilities in recent years.

The Field Museum gift shop at O'Hare Airport carries a variety of unique, hand-crafted gifts and jewelry, as well as books, stationery and educational toys. Proceeds from your purchase support the Museum's educational and research efforts.

Location: Terminal One

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.