How it Works

The Learning Collection is now closed for the summer.  Please visit us when we reopen on September 1.

The N. W. Harris Learning Collection at The Field Museum allows you to take real specimens and artifacts into your home or classroom.  Using the Learning Collection is simple:

To Sign Up:

  • Click on Sign Up to create an account. Complete your contact information and create a password.

  • Select the membership package that best suits your needs.  Membership packages are active for 12 months from date of purchase, or until you meet your item limit, whichever comes first.  You can choose:

    • 1 Item Package - $10

    • 10 Item Package - $50

    • 20 Item Package - $70

    • 40 Item Package - $100

  • Confirm your order and pay in-person (credit or check) upon first pick-up of items.

  • If you would like to arrange for a membership package for your school or organization, contact

To Reserve Items:

  • Once you have created an account AND ordered a membership package, you can reserve items.

  • Use the search bar or Advanced Search to find Experience Boxes or Exhibit Cases you want to borrow.

  • On the item detail page, use the calendar to reserve your items for a seven to 28 day time period.

To Pick Up or Return Items:

  • Pick up or return your items at The Field Museum during the open hours for the N. W. Harris Learning Collection.  

  • Free temporary parking is available in the Museum’s West Lot (on McFetridge Drive between The Field Museum and Lake Shore Drive). Tell the security guard you are picking up items from the Learning Collection to enter.

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