Location and Parking

Where is the N. W. Harris Learning Collection located at The Field Museum?

The N. W. Harris Learning Collection is located on The Field Museum’s Ground Level near the West Entrance. The address of the Museum is 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.


Do I have to pay admission to get into The Field Museum if I am just visiting the N. W. Harris Learning Collection?

If you are visiting The Field Museum expressly to pick up or drop off items at the N. W. Harris Learning Collection during our hours of operation, you do not need to pay admission to The Field Museum. Simply enter via the West Entrance and tell the security guard you are visiting the N. W. Harris Learning Collection. Note that if you plan to explore the rest of the Museum you will need to get a Basic Admission ticket: Illinois teachers always receive free Basic Admission by presenting a valid school ID at the ticket counter. If you are visiting the Museum for an extended period of time, you will need to park in Soldier Field Garage. The Museum’s West Lot is for short, temporary parking only.


Can I park close to the N. W. Harris Learning Collection?

N. W. Harris Learning Collection members picking up or dropping off items can park in the Museum’s West Lot (on McFetridge Drive between The Field Museum and Lake Shore Drive). Parking spaces in this lot are reserved for Field Museum volunteers, but N. W. Harris Learning Collection members can park along the curb with their flashers on and enter The Field Museum via the West Door. Press the button at the gate and again outside the door to talk to the security guard to be admitted to the lot/building.


Do I have to pay for parking?

No - if you are parking temporarily in the West Lot exclusively to use the Harris Learning Collection you will not pay for parking.  If you are planning on staying and exploring The Field Museum, please park in Soldier Field Parking Garage and pay the daily rate (typically $19-$22).