This place is just stunning! As we have a tight sked on our visit to Chicago, this was the second place we visited after going to Millenium Park. As we adore museums showing natural history, this structure is one of our fave buildings!
The exhibits and collections of artifacts, articles and more examples showcasing nature during the various periods in time are truly impressive!We would recommend this to anyone interested in natural history and culture!
There are permanent exhibits like"The Ancient Americas" where you discover what Field Museum scientists and others have learned about the Americans who lived here before us, and how it’s changing nearly everything we thought we knew!
There are sections on:
Nature | Animal, Plants, Ecosystems | Rocks and Fossils | Culture | Africa | The Americas | Asia and the Pacific | Global Themes | Sue | Evolving Planet |Crown Family PlayLab
Of course they also have visiting exhibits so make sure you check their website regularly if you are anywhere in Chicago!
A visit to Chicago's Field Museum should be in everybody's list I reckon!
The place also has a good souvenir shop and we have to control ourselves from getting stuff to take home as we still have yet to go to Canada in a few days!
The Field Museum is probably THE museum to visit in Chicago. When I was young I visited the field museum and all I remember was that it had EVERYTHING. As an adult, it was all new. In addition to being the Home Museum for Sue the T-Rex, the Field had a very impressive exhibit on American Indian Culture (North, Central, AND South American) and an expansive Egyptian exhibit complete with Mummies. Luckily the museum is very large and can accomodate big crowds better than many museums of Natural History that are smaller.
You can expect large crowds because of it's popularity but the Field Museum is not to be missed. Check into a combo ticket if you are planning on visiting several museums over the course of your stay and you'll save some green.
The Field Museum was incorporated with the purpose of "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history."
That's a broad subject for a museum, and indeed it has a collection of LOTS of things.
The name was taken to honor the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences.
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.
Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Last admission at 4 p.m.
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:
I accumulated so many pictures on this wonderful museum, that I could not fit them all here; this section only has space for 5 pictures. I therefore created an album for overflow pictures.
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