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The Field Museum, Chicago

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The Field Museum contains permanent exhibits that range from the earliest fossils to present cultures around the world. Attracting nearly 2 million visitors each year, the museum houses a collection of over 20 million anthropological and cultural artifacts from distant corners of the globe. The museum includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex named "Sue," the best-preserved fossil ever discovered. Named after the person who found it in 1990, the fossil stands 4 m (13 ft) tall and is 67 million years old. You can also visit the exhibit recreating an Egyptian burial chamber, which contains 23 real mummies, and a section devoted to the natural habitats of animals and insects living underground. Add The Field Museum and other attractions to your Chicago trip itinerary using our Chicago trip builder.
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  • We visited the Museum on Thursday morning and just walked right in without standing in any lines....always a good way to start a trip. We made our way down to see the "Jurassic World: The Exhibition" ...  more »
  • The Field Museum is not to be missed when you are in Chicago. It is much quieter than the Museum of Science and Industry. A really relaxing museum. The displays are amazing. My favorite include the Ge...  more »
  • What a treasure to find this great museum.It is as good as the Smithsonian in DC.Great exhibits one could spent days wandering around this great museum  more »
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  • Had always loved this place as a child! Now as an adult I appreciate it, and love it even more. As a child I loved to see the Egyptian exhibit and the animals/ birds, dinosaurs. Now as an adult I can truly appreciate it all. The superb collections of Native American history. They have an exhibit from Rhonda Holy Bear; whose art is mind blowing! Remember feeling scared as a child seeing the Native American carved masks and it is quite dark in those rooms. That is to preserve the collections. Even exhibits you might deem boring at first sight are fascinating once you get into it. For example the plants exhibit I thought were just old dusty exhibits. On second glance , it shows how humans have used them and they have helped society as medicines, textiles, food, etc. This museum leaves you with a sense of awe and wonder. I don't think any natural museum in the world can beat it! Yes, even you Smithsonian!
  • This place is even more amazing than i remembered. Loved the tattoo exhibit with live tattooing. 3d movie(something about Egypt and mummy's) while interesting was not very good as far as the 3d graphics. They have new exhibits frequently and the place is big enough to keep you busy the whole day. If your teenager is like mine and wants constant excitement leave them at home like i will next time. Lol
  • It was a really nice museum. Very clean, a lot to do, u can get lost for hours. The African cultural experience was really worth while. The Asian exhibits were very detailed and informative. The plant exhibitions was unbelievable and a great learning environment. The cafeteria was okay, so was the food. The 3-D movie on ancient China with the clay warriors was phenomenal.
  • Not all that. Too expensive and you can basically get most of these at your local museum if you live in a big city. To be honest, there was too much to see and I got really bored and overwhelmed. It came to a point where I was just zooming by. If you live in Chicago, it is probably worth getting a membership and doing pieces at a time. As a tourist, waste of time in my opinion. So much so that I told my wife to scratch off such museums and also aquariums for that matter on future trips unless I am in Europe and want to see art instead. I wouldn't go back. The food there was expensive too. A cheeseburger alone was $9.50 and didn't come with fries or any other side. On the other hand, the kids meal was affordable. Parking at Soldier Field was $22 for 4+ hours. The dollars start adding up.
  • Awful, awful experience. Truly a strange and scary journey that I don't intend to repeat. Visited on May 25 thinking this would offer some compensation for my experiences at the nearby Aquarium and Planetarium. I didn't learn my lesson, I guess. I'll start at the beginning, when the T-Rex Sue started making fun of me. She moved that giant bony jaw and used it to spout some truly hateful remarks. She made fun of my baldness, calling me a "globe head" and saying that my beard made me look like a homeless cabbage. That's certainly not what I came there for and uncalled for! I went to the Ancient Egypt exhibit, but as soon as I got there the mummies all came alive, looking horrifying, and started playing poker at a little table in there, insisting I join them. They refused to let me leave until I complied, locking me alone in the area with them and threatening to wear my skin. I shouted for guards to help, but nobody came. So, I relented and sat down with them to play poker. They insisted I use real money, and thanks to my poor luck I lost the $100 in cash I had on me. I couldn't get it back, and the mummies all laughed at me before they were reduced to making very loud and obnoxious crow sounds that every darn thing in Chicago seems to make. Incredibly terrifying and financially devastating! Apart from those, everything else was a disaster: The Tsavo Lions were just two old dirty socks on sticks, the DNA discovery center was used to create human-bird hybrids that looked in absolute pain, and the Jurassic World exhibit was just a room with a white light and a ton of fake dinosaurs made of popcorn balls on strings dangling from the ceiling. It was ridiculous! Never coming back, that's for sure.