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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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  • The museum's tagline of four scientific fields does not do enough justice to the wealth of amazing exhibits here. This a world class natural history museum that has a vast permanent collection, archiv...  more »
  • Love visiting The Field Museum. You can check the website for current special exhibits. Tickets can be purchased for general admission and/or special exhibits. We visit the lions and the mummies and s...  more »
  • WOW. We wished we had arrived earlier. We got there at noon and didn't make it through the whole museum. We didn't go to any of the extra exhibits. We should of bought our tickets on line. We stood in...  more »
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  • This is not the type of museum where you walk in and out in a snap. You'd want to stay here for hours. One of the things I loved when first setting foot on the campus was the fact that the people were of mixed variety of cultures and nationalities. It was highly overrun with visitors; so, it's hard to even catch yourself alone somewhere. The place is HUGE; two floors with many exhibits. If you have any health problems or can't stand for long, you may want look into a wheelchair; the place will make you tired. I loved the Egyptian area where they had real walls and even a mummy coffin that we could see through the floor. One thing I don't like about the place is that their bathrooms are pathetic. The women's room had only two stalls and you had a long line that extended out of the bathroom and nearly wrapped around the corner. They should know better and improve their bathrooms.
  • I tend to head to the Field later in the afternoon and I go knowing what I intend to see. Getting there I always take public transit, the 146 bus drops you across the street from the entrance. The last visit was to see tattoo exhibition. It was a Sunday afternoon and the bears were out of town. Travel was a breeze, there were no lines, we got in right away and headed straight for the exhibit. I don't generally eat there but we always head down to the lower level for a bio break and to check out Bushman and the narwhals. There is a ton of good stuff at this museum, one visit does not do it justice.
  • Very beautiful collection. We got a city pass , and planned to visit Field museum, Aquarium and planetarium on same day, but this museum took us around 5 to 6 hours and we still did I not completely see it. I liked the T.rex. I as little bit disappointed with 3D movie with screen size, may be I was expecting more...Canteen in basement has good quality of food, though not more options for vegetarians, We can get veg. Salad, and fruits. Overall it's a very nice place to visit and get to know different things....
  • This place is pretty much the Mecca for natural history. From the famous t-rex Sue to a zoological history to the history of Man to Egyptian sarcophaguses to Chinese weaponry . A great place for people of all ages. My wife and I spent 3 hours here and could have spent another 2 hours fully entertained if had the time to do so. Also features some nice gift shops and a cafe with good food and even their own "Tooth and Claw" microbrews. If you are in Chicago, you have to see it.
  • One of the best Museums I've ever been in for most respects. Excellent taxidermy displays, good Egypt exhibit, fantastic Maori exhibit tucked away at the end of the Pacific Islands gallery. I did not get the chance to see the extra-cost specials or exhibits due to time constraints on my visit. Like most North-American museums it's fantastically expensive, though. A general admission runs about $20.00 USD and four hours parking at Soldier Field is much the same price. Overall it doesn't feel as accessible as it should be.