Pre-Conference Tours & Exhibits

Field Museum Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Tour Time Options:
(1) - Thursday, July 20, 11 AM (CDT)
(2) - Thursday, July 20, 2 PM (CDT)

Only 1% of material at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History is on public display. This is your opportunity to explore the vast underground extinct and extant research collections of mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Small group tours will be led by UChicago graduate students in evolutionary biology, who will also share information about ongoing research at the museum. The tour will last 60-90 minutes and you may visit the public parts of the museum afterwards.

You may bring family members, but note this event is aimed at adults and teens. Incomplete registration information will lead to tickets not getting reserved. Due to the limited availability of tickets, if you can no longer attend please contact the organizers at [email protected] to allow your spot to be offered to a waitlisted individual.

Price: Free,Ticket Required

Reservation Deadline: Thursday, July 13, 2023 (11:59 PM ET)


Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

The Field Museum is a about a 35-minute walk (1.7 miles) from the Hyatt Regency. It is also accessible by bike, car, or public transit. Check out the Field Museum Directions & Parking page for more information.

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Developmental Biology at the Museum of Science and Industry Genetics Exhibit

Exhibit Hours: Thursday, July 20, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM (CDT)

Those visiting with younger family members may be interested in attending an SDB-sponsored public event at the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park.

How do different animal forms take shape, and how are the blueprints for these forms encoded in genetics? How can a microscopic egg build an entire animal? Biologists have been asking questions like these for centuries, studying flies, fish, frogs, worms and more to unlock the secrets of life’s development. The Museum of Science & Industry will host developmental biologists from local universities to demonstrate how experiments in the laboratory help us answer these questions, featuring a hands-on activity where participants will be able to observe salamanders and zebrafish at multiple stages of life under the microscope!

The MSI Genetics Exhibit also features the popular baby chick hatchery.

Price: Standard Museum Entry Fee; No sign-up required


Museum of Science & Industry
5700 S. DuSable
Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

The Museum of Science and Industry is accessible by car or public transit. Check out the MSI Getting Here page for more information.