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Field Museum Closes Amid Coronavirus Outbreak And Will Compensate Staff For Lost Income

By Charli Renken

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The Field Museum will close March 14-29 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Meanwhile, Sue the T-Rex wants you to send ham.

After being advised by the City of Chicago, The Field Museum announced it will temporarily close its doors March 14-29. With so many events, museums, schools, and other institutions closing, many worry about staff who might lose income. The Field Museum also announced that it would be compensating both their hourly and salaried staff during the closure.

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the museum, the Field is taking preventative measures to protect its staff, visitors, and the community at large. All programs hosted at the museum are postponed.

Unfortunately, this includes the Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibit which was scheduled to open today. The exhibit is the first at the museum to be curated by a Native American scholar and is part of a larger effort to renovate the Field’s Native North American hall. When the museum reopens and gathering in larger groups is deemed safe by the CDC, we highly recommend checking out this incredible exhibit.

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Apsaalooke war shields in the Apsaalooke Women and Warriors exhibit at the Field Museum. Photo by Charli Renken

Chicago’s favorite T-Rex Sue retweeted the museum’s announcement not only to spread the news but to send out a plea for ham. The Field Museum has not commented on whether or not it will be accepting food delivery on behalf of their most popular dinosaur. We suggest simply tweeting your support with 🍖 and 🥓 emojis.

You can check the museum’s website for the latest information regarding the Field’s hours and operations. For up-to-date information on the coronavirus in Chicago, please read our guide here.