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Field Museum Reopening Thursday After Being Closed For Months Due To Coronavirus

The museum will open to members starting Thursday and to the general public Saturday. Admission will be free Monday and Jan. 28.

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CHICAGO — The Field Museum will reopen this week after being closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The museum will open to members starting Thursday and to the general public Saturday, according to a Field news release. Admission will be free Monday and Jan. 28.

The museum closed Nov. 20, when the state imposed Tier 3 mitigations on Chicago — and all other parts of Illinois — as a second wave of coronavirus swept through the city. The mitigations meant museums and cultural institutions weren’t allowed to have visitors.

But the state moved Chicago into Tier 2 mitigations Monday, allowing the Field to reopen.

Tickets and memberships for the museum can be bought online starting Wednesday.

The museum will have safety rules, like requiring staff and visitors to wear masks, reducing how many people can visit at once and asking people to practice social distancing.

The museum’s hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum will temporarily be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but the Field plans to eventually return to being open seven days a week.

The Shedd Aquarium reopens next week.

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