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The Field Museum, Chicago

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#3 of 29 in Museums in Chicago
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. To visit The Field Museum on your trip to Chicago, use our Chicago travel route planning app .
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  • The Field Museum is a classic venue, one in which the structure competes with the displays for your attention. I recommend arriving early, if possible, to avoid the crowds, and if you do, you will be ...  more »
  • My husband and I spent a long afternoon here exploring so many of the exhibits. The highlight for us was the Hall of Birds- so many fascinating species and so well displayed.  more »
  • Too much to see in a couple hours. You need 4-6 hrs to see it all. We just walked fast and saw about 1/2 in 2 hrs! Our favorites were the dinosaurs in Evolving planet, Egypt, China.  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!
  • Really disappointed... The price of tickets and parking was astronomical. So many of the exhibits charged extra, so much that I don't think it was worth it. It's a beautiful building, but the exhibits we had time to go through were clearly outdated. There was a large amount of interesting items but the information given was always lacking. I finally had to force myself to stop reading because it felt like I was getting nothing out of it. I also would start reading something only to realize I had just read it on a different plaque a few feet back and some of the plaques were barely legible in the light. The exhibits also had a very poor flow, I had a hard time figuring out exactly which direction to go in and had to backtrack constantly to see everything. THEN, there was some kind of private event that was being set up during regular museum hours in the main lobby. It must've started relatively soon after closing hours because employees were extra aggressive in getting us out ASAP. It gave the feeling of "We have your money, now get out!" I expected such a large museum with excessive fees to be on the cutting edge of museum design. Sadly it felt more like a cabinet of curiosities.
  • Went here as part of the Chicago CityPass(which I highly recommend). We went on a holiday weekend about mid day and didn't have to wait in line. The tattoo exhibit was PHENOMENAL. There were a lot of drawing and concept pieces mixed with the history of the art. The Secrets of China movie was fine and the China special exhibit had a lot of stuff. The special exhibit had digital plaques in front of each display case that contain a lot of info, more than I could read. But looking at the pieces was great too. The hall of gems had all the bright and shiny pieces that I wanted with info about different gems. Overall a great place and there was so much I didn't get to see.
  • The museum is quite large and has fantastic displays of animals and ancient Egypt. We stumbled upon an Egyptian tour guide named John that really made our day. He gave us tons of fascinating information and answered our kids questions happily ( they asked him at least 50!). The only complaint we have is the bistro is incredibly over priced (plan about $15-20 per person) and the staff attitudes were quite bad. Skip eating there or bring your own food and enjoy it in the lower level vending/cafeteria areas.
  • Fun place to spend all day wide variety of things to see. Kid friendly and interactive. It is best to come when not to busy narrow spaces can make it hard to enjoy when busy. Get a fast pass with Citypass well worth the money

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