Founded in 1893 as the Columbian
Museum, this treasure trove of archaeological artifacts is
one of the world's preeminent institutions. With a library of more than
250,000 volumes and millions of stored objects, the Field Museum is a
world class center of learning about the history of mankind. A major part of that
collection is available to the public and it makes for much more than a
dry, academic visit.
Those with an interest in Ancient Egypt won't be disappointed. There are catacombs on
display whose hallways were once trod by Pharoahs
and many of their mummies
are on display. There are displays explaining how they lived
and what happened to the servants after they died.
Kids will enjoy the dinosaur exhibit, with 40-foot monsters ready to
pounce. Centerpiece of the collection is one named 'Sue', a 67 million year old sample whose discovery was an adventure all its own.
The world's largest T-Rex,
she'll fascinate kids of all ages.
Every kind of creepy bug you can imagine is on display, with a 20-foot
giant replica that will delight kids, too. In the Underground Adventure
you'll enter an area where you are the tiny creature and the bugs are
elephant-sized. Kids can navigate their way through an ant colony and
experience what it's like to maintain the hive.
The mineral exhibit in the Earth
Sciences section is the equal of that in the famed Natural
History museums in New York or Washington. Ranging from meteorite
samples to $1,000,000 gems, there are more crystals on display than you
The Hall of Gems
is particularly spectacular, with over 50 kinds of precious jewels on
display. Nearby is the
Hall of Jades with dozens of samples from China of this
green stone that has delighted queens and started wars.
Next door is the Plants
of the World area where you can see what jungles were like
a million years ago up to today. The displays are incredibly lifelike,
even though they are all artificial.
In the Evolving Planet
exhibit you can find out how all those rocks, plants and animals were
formed as you learn about the way the Earth came to exist over 4
billion years ago. As part of the experience, you can discover how all
those dinosaurs and other creatures evolved into the mammals we see
today. You'll also see how little the ants have changed over millions
of years, only shrinking to the size where you are the larger of the