The Field Museum of Natural History has worked and partnered with a number of Native American tribes and other indigenous groups both domestically and internationally, including Canadian First Nations. The Museum is an educational institution that seeks to increase knowledge about the diversity of life on earth and an understanding of the world’s diverse peoples and their cultures.
The Field Museum was incorporated in the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. In 1905, the Museum’s name was changed to the Field Museum of Natural History to honor the Museum’s first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to emphasize its natural sciences collection in anthropology, botany, geology and zoology.
The Museum holds encyclopaedic collections of biological and geological specimens and cultural objects. As is the case with other great research libraries, its collections of more than 20 million items are a crucial part of the world’s knowledge database for the sciences, humanities and the arts. Combining the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, palaeontology and zoology, the Museum uses an interdisciplinary approach to increasing knowledge about the past, present and future of the physical earth, its plants, animals, people, and their cultures, so that we may better understand, respect, and celebrate nature and other people.