Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
The Field Museum is located on a lake front property better known as the Museum Campus. Adjacent to the Field Museum are the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. These three institutions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and together attract more visits annually than any comparable site in Chicago. Another interesting thing to know is the fact that it houses the world's largest, most complete, best preserved and most famous Tyrannosaurus rex.
The Field Museum was founded to house biological and anthropological collections These objects form the core of the Museum's collections which have grown through world-wide expeditions, exchange, purchase, and more than twenty million specimens. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes.
Field Museum of Natural History is HUGE. They divide the exhibits into nature and culture. The culture exhibits include Egypt (mummies), North America, South America, Asia, and Pacific islanders. The nature exhibits include hundreds of animals in their native habitats, plant exhibits, earth sciences, gems, and a huge new "Evolving Planet" exhibit which includes quite a few dinosaurs and many other extinct animals. The museum has some famous "residents" too. Bushman is a lowland gorilla who lived at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. If you have seen the movie "A Ghost in the Darkness" then the Lions of Tsavo will be familiar to you. The museum also always has a couple of temporary exhibits at any given time.
This is one of my favorite places in Chicago. You could spent a whole day here, exhibits include T Sue the most complete T Rex anywhere, lots of other dinosaurs, stuffed animals from all over the world,mummys anf other things from ancient Egypt.
***FREE admission for active duty military***
I loved loved loved the Field Museum. I asked if they had a miliatary discount, expecting to get a buck or two off, and they said I had FREE admission. So active duty military, make sure you come here!
As soon as you walk in you see Sue, the largest T-rex on display. Very cool!
My favorite exhibit was "Ancient Americas" which features lots of great stuff about Mayan and Native cultures. A must see!!!
Located on Chicago's beautiful lakefront Museum Campus, The Field Museum continues to be one of the finest natural history museums in the world. With extraordinary collection, world-class research, and premier exhibitions and educational programs ...
More than 6 acres of exhibits fill this gigantic world-class museum, which explores cultures and environments from around the world. Interactive exhibits examine such topics as the secrets of Egyptian mummies, the people of Africa and the Pacific Northwest, and the living creatures in the soil. Originally funded by Chicago retailer Marshall Field, the museum was founded in 1893 to hold material gathered for the World's Columbian Exposition; its current classical-style home opened in 1921.
COST: $10, free Mon. and Tues. Jan., Feb., and Sept.-3rd wk of Dec. OPEN: Daily 9-5.b
I found this museum to be both HUGE and wonderfu. One needs a whole day. Writing here could not do it justice, go there yourself! Would I return again? Ofcourse!
The highlight was the TUTANKHAMUN exhibit. Pictures there are not allowed, so check it online:
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Field Museum is Chicago's natural history showcase. Named for its benefactor, retail magnate Marshall Field, it has exhibits on earth science, plants and minerals, and a great many animals - none live, but many on the endangered species list. The info you get is great, especially if you're really into science.
My favorite parts of the Field Museum are the cultural ones. Walk through the recreated tomb of Egyptial royalty. See what life's like in the South Pacific. There's a Maori house of worship, and lots more too.
And did I mention the prehistoric exhibits? Say hi to T-Rex at the Field (though he plays for the Bears in the fall heeheeeee).
As of this writing, there's a huge King Tut exhibit at the Field - it's there until Jan 1, 2007. It was sold out the day I was there, so you may want to call ahead for tickets.
The Field is great for a day out with the family. The kids will love it - and they'll learn something too. Admission is $12 for adults, less for children. And you get some great city views from the museum steps too.
Apparently this place is huge! However we didn't get a chance to see the whole thing, as we were mainly there for their special King Tut exhibit, going on until 1/1/07. The exhibit was very fascinating; however they let WAY too many people in at one time. I understand it's all about money and they do draw the line at some point...but when people go slower than a tortoise and look then read, then look then read, and take an hour in each room, it gets to be a little too much and not very enjoyable. It's hard to cram 150 people in a 50 square foot room and it's even harder to see everything when you can't even move your arms! For those of you going to see this exhibit, be prepared to fight crowds to see and read everything in each room.
Temporary Exhibit - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Here is a picture of one of the many Dead Sea Scrolls found here on (temporary) exhibit at the Field Musuem. Anciet biblical text.
Please note that while I do have a picture, photography is prohibited. As I was snapping away, a guard came over and almost confiscated my camera. I hadn't seen the sign restricting any form of photography due to the delicate nature of the scrolls.
I obey all rules and restrictions and was horrified to be told to that there were no photographs allowed in this exhibit. So please, please respect all signs. I've learned to be careful and before taking any photographs, looking around for restrictions.
Tsavo Lions were believed by the Africans to be spiritual enemies that waged war against their conservationist village. They terrorized a village in Africa until they were finally brought to thier demise by a local Chicagoan hunter.
The question that has been asked as why these superb hunters would turn to hunting human? Some researches believe that these big cats had turned to hunting humans when they could no longer hunt their normal prey. The research has also led them to do extensive examinations on the animals themselves. All three of the cats had sustained serious and chronic injuries to their teeth and jaws.
It is fasinating to see the huge cats behind glassed exhibits. Learn more about the Tsvo lions (Man Eaters) here at the Field Museum.
Sue, the most complete T-Rex ever found. Her namesake is the women who found her. Here's a "close up" look of Sue. Doesn't she look ferocious?
Caution!!! Keep an alert eye for restrictions on photography. Most of the exhbits allow you to take photographs, but some of the rare or special exhibits fordid any photographey whatsoever. Check the signs before entering the exhibits. If you you are planning to use more sophisticated equipment like a tripod or standing lights, you need to obtain a permit from the Information Desk in the Museum's main hall.
The Filed museum's purpose was the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history."
In 1905, the Museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honor the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences.
Check their website as special exhibits are shown throughout the year. This year, The Field Museum will host the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" May 26, 2006 - January 1, 2007. (A separate entrance fee is charged and advance tickets are a must).
(some of this information was obtained from the official website).
It seems fitting that this Museum was the stomping grounds of the archaeologist/hero Indiana Jones. Gigantic and ful of permanent as well as temporary exhibits, this museum has interactive exhibits but most of them are stationary, and require a keener imaginative eye. I've been to the museum twice, and both times, I was startled at all I missed--it's just too big.
To this day, I'm enthralled by the huge Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, the biggest ever unearthed.
My favorite exhibt is Inside Ancient Egypt. I'm completely facinated by ancient day-to-day lives of egyptians. Sometimes I like to bring my sketch book and rough out a few drawings while I'm there. However, I can't help but get wrapped up in the taxidermies of the Man-Eating-Lions of Tsavo--lions which hunted 140 British workers in East Africa (re: The Ghost and the Darkness)
Keep on the lookout for incoming temporary exhibts. I loved the one on Cleopatra and also saw the Jewels of Russia.
BUDGET TIP: Pay attention on the website to the discount days--if you're traveling during that time may be a good idea. Seeing the major exhibits always costs more, even for locals. Try to find out what the best price is. Or if you are seeing more Chicago Sites and Chicago Attractions and need a discount, try Go Chicago Card which includes The Field Museum as well as 32 other attractions. This may be a good idea for families who might pay 100 dollars or more to see the larger exhibits.
The Field Museum was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. These objects form the core of the Museum's collections which have grown through world-wide expeditions, exchange, purchase, and gifts to more than twenty million specimens.
In 1921 the Museum moved from its original location in Jackson Park to its present site on Chicago Park District property near downtown where it is part of a lakefront Museum Campus that includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. These three institutions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and together attract more visits annually than any comparable site in Chicago.
The Field Museum features ?Sue?, the world?s largest, most complete, and best-preserved T-Rex.
Regular hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Last admission at 4 p.m.
Open every day except Christmas.
Visitor parking in all lots on the Museum Campus is $15.00 per day.
During Bears home games and other major special events at Soldier Field, access to the Museum Campus can be challenging. No museum visitor parking is available on the Museum Campus during Bears home games. However, public transit remains a great way to get to the Campus every day of the year.