Collections Resource Center

The Field Museum has collections of more than 23 million specimens and cultural objects. Through its extensive research programs, this number continues to grow by about 1% each year.  While the museum has over 1 million square feet of floor space, collections storage space has long been a growing problem.

In 2001 construction began on the solution to this storage predicament: the Collections Resources Center (CRC). 

This new state-of-the-art facility currently houses nearly 2 million specimens in an innovative, climate-controlled environment. The CRC adds over 186,000 square feet of space to the museum’s storage capacity.

On September 12, 2005, The Field Museum officially opened this $65 million project, and began the gargantuan task of moving some of the museum’s biggest and largest collections (including the Pacific Collections) into their new home.


The CRC is much more than just a safe storage environment. The new space houses x-ray equipment, 10 scientific laboratories, a darkroom, and cryogenic storage units for freezing and storing specimens of tissue, blood, and DNA.

There is also a seminar room and workrooms where staff, researchers, and visiting scholars work with collections.  Since the Field Museum is a collections-based research institution, this new facility is helping us to continue honoring our core mission which is so vital to high-quality science and public education in the United States and beyond.

Oversize storage in the CRC

(© 2008, Christopher J. Philipp)


Club storage in the CRC

(© 2008, Christopher J. Philipp)