Field Museum of Natural History. Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Field Museum of Natural History

Museum in Chicago, Illinois

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Field Museum of Natural History

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Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex - Field Museum of Natural History. Photo by Heather Paul
The Field Museum of Natural History, popularly known as The Field Museum, is one of the most popular museums in Chicago. It is also one of the largest natural history museums in the world, and is known for its high-quality exhibitions that focus on fascinating topics from prehistory to the present day as well as its scientific research programs. Its renowned collections contain millions of specimens and artifacts related to plants, animals, and cultures. Its most famous artifact is undoubtedly Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever discovered.

History

Many of the Field Museum’s impressive collections and exhibitions date back to the World’s Columbian Exposition (Wikipedia Article), a world’s fair held in Chicago in 1893. Prominent Chicago businessman and philanthropist Marshall Field (Wikipedia
	Article), the founder of a famous chain of department stores of the same name, funded the construction of the museum. It was originally called the Columbian Museum of Chicago, and was located in the fair’s Palace of Fine Arts, which is now home to the Museum of Science and Industry. It was eventually renamed in honor of Marshall Field, and in 1921 moved to its current location at the Museum Campus of Grant Park. It is known worldwide for its exemplary reputation, collections, scientific research and public outreach programs.

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Chicago - 2014 - Field Museum of Natural History. Photo by Curtis & Renee

Permanent Exhibitions

In addition to featuring a number of constantly changing temporary exhibits, The Field Museum has over a dozen impressive permanent exhibitions that are well worth a visit. If you’re on a tight budget, a general admission ticket will allow you to see all of these fascinating permanent exhibits for a low price.

Sue the T. rex

You’ll want to have your camera with you so that you can take photos of Sue, the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found, which is 4.0 meter tall and 13 meter long. In a separate exhibition you can also see the impressive original 600-pound skull.

Evolving Planet

This exhibit focuses on the evolution of life on Earth over the past 4 billion years. One of its most popular areas is the dinosaur hall, which features every major dinosaur group that has ever been discovered.

Inside Ancient Egypt

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Inside Ancient Egypt at the Field Museum - Field Museum of Natural History. Photo by Kimberly Vardeman
Travel back to Ancient Egypt while exploring a tomb, viewing hieroglyphs and mummies, and learning about burial traditions. This exhibit features one of the largest mummy collections in the United States, as well as a shrine to Bastet, the cat goddess.

Restoring Earth

Here you can learn all about wildlife conservation projects led by The Field Museum’s scientists in order to protect important habitats and biodiversity.

Crown Family PlayLab

In this kid-friendly exhibit, children can dress up as animals, play musical instruments, learn about foreign cultures, dig up dinosaur bones, and enjoy tons of interactive displays.

The Ancient Americas

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3759: Mayan Calendar - Aztec Stone of the sun - Field Museum of Natural History. Photo by insert screen name here
This exhibit features a life-size replica of a pueblo dwelling and exhibits related to the Aztec (Wikipedia Article) civilization.

The Tsavo Lions

You won’t want to miss this exhibit, where you can learn about the thrilling story of these man-eating lions.

DNA Discovery Center

This new exhibition focuses on DNA and has a laboratory viewing area where you can talk with scientists who are currently working on DNA research programs at The Field Museum.

Pacific Spirits

This enthralling exhibit focuses on the people of the Pacific Islands, and showcases their elaborate masks, wooden drums, memorial carvings, and other fascinating artifacts.

Africa

There’s something for everyone in the Africa exhibit, whether you’re interested in cultural artifacts like bronze sculptures and beaded masks, animals like hippos, rhinos, and giraffes, or important traditions from all over the continent.

Practical Information

Here’s everything you need to know in order to visit The Field Museum.

By bus: CTA bus routes 130 and 146 provide services to the Museum Campus.

By train: The nearest train station to The Field Museum is the Roosevelt ‘L’ station, which is accessible using the Red, Orange, and Green Lines. From the station, it is a short walk to the Museum Campus, or you can hop onto the 146 bus at State Street and Roosevelt Road. The nearest Metra commuter train station is Museum Campus/11th St..

Address: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Hours: The Field Museum is open daily from 9:00 until 17:00.

Prices: There are three different ticket packages you can choose from at The Field Museum. Basic admission, which only includes permanent exhibitions, costs approximately $ 18 USD for adults, $ 15 USD for seniors and students, and $ 13 USD for children. The Discovery Pass includes your choice of one ticketed exhibition or a 3D movie, for an additional $ 5.00 USD or so per ticket. The All-Access Pass, which includes all exhibitions and a 3D movie, costs $ 31 USD for adults, $ 25 USD for students and seniors, and $ 21 USD for children.

Similar Landmarks

While you’re at the Museum Campus, consider visiting other popular sites such as Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and the Soldier Field football stadium. Other nearby attractions in Chicago include the Art Institute of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park, Wills Tower, and the John Hancock Center.

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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Apr 22, 2015

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Chicago - 2014 - Vodou Exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History - Photo by Curtis & Renee

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