See firsthand how we take care of our live animals, and learn from the stars of our dioramas all day at the Academy. Animal Day is part of All-Star Days.
Throughout the Museum
Keep your eyes open for live animal encounters as animals (with their handlers) wander the halls.
Academy Animal Ambassadors
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Meet some of the live animals that call the Academy home during this live animal show. Discover their stories and learn what you can do to help their wild cousins.
See the spineless wonders of our live invertebrate collection live, large, and onstage!
Get up close and personal with some of the smaller critters in our live animal collection and a diverse display of skulls, feathers, and furs. Use technology to see them like you’ve never seen them before.
North American Hall
The animals in our dioramas may be a little less lively than our beloved live critters, but they still have a lot to teach us. Touch real furs and see the striking skulls of the animals of North America.
Think you know chocolate? Use your senses to get an even deeper (and delicious) understanding of everyone’s favorite dessert. Test your nose with sweet smell jars and take a look at chocolate cake under a microscope. Examine a real cacao pod and identify the ingredients of popular desserts.
Stop by to see one of our live animals enjoying time in an exercise pen and get your critter questions answered. (noon, 2, and 4 p.m.)
Explore your wild side and make an animal mask to take home. Plus, learn more about how an animal’s looks helps it to survive.
Visit Outside In for an interactive animal tale featuring a live animal.
Special Exhibits Gallery
Chocolate: The Exhibition
Open all day
Indulge yourself in the sumptuous world of chocolate! Presented in Spanish and English, Chocolate: The Exhibition traces the intriguing story of this “food of the gods” from its origin as a unique rain forest tree to the sensuous sweet millions of people crave today. Explore chocolate’s impact on tropical ecosystems, human cultures, and the global economy through a range of fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Stand under a life-size cacao tree, touch pods and seeds, and more.
Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. $5 nonmembers, $3 Individual and Family members, free for Family Plus members and above. Not a member? Join at the admissions desk today and deduct today’s admission from the cost of your membership.
Ground Level in the Commons
Hot Chocolate Bar presented by 12th Street Catering