Chicago’s Field Museum is a perfect place to tap into one’s curiosity of the world. The informative exhibits offer a treasure trove of historical and scientific facts that will satisfy all levels of curiosity. A basic admission fee will provide access to a diverse group of displays. For an additional fee, visitors can see a 3D movie plus gain entrance into special rooms. For the rest of February, Illinois residents are eligible to receive a free basic admission.
Anyone familiar with Chicago’s history will recall that this museum traces its history back to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and Marshall Field’s desire to bring more educational institutions to Chicago. The exterior and the interior of this structure are noteworthy. Conveniently located oversized stairwells connect the three levels of the museum.
In the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Halls of Evolving Earth, visitors will see snippets of the evolution of life on Earth. Young and old can stop at their leisure to read about the different stages of development. Visitors are reminded that over 400 million years ago, Chicago was located on a gigantic reef. By far the largest crowds will cluster around the dinosaur exhibits.
Others may head to the McCormick Foundation Halls of The Ancient Americas. The displays vividly show the different lifestyles and accomplishments of the diverse groups that have inhabited the Americas. Primary aged kids who study Native American groups will be able to connect with this large area as well as the Alsdorf hall of Northwest Coast and Arctic Peoples.
The Malott Hall of Jades and the Grainger Hall of Gems will appeal to admirers of jewelry, Chinese history, and/or people who are interested in geology.
Many animal lovers will be delighted with the Lions of Tsavo and Mammals of Asia exhibits while naturalists may prefer to see animals in their native environments or at nearby Lincoln Park Zoo.
If one is unable to travel to Egypt or visit the British Museum in London, a taste of ancient Egypt will be revealed in the Inside Ancient Egypt Hall. A collect of 20+ mummies awaits visitors on the ground level.
In various locations, people can look through large glass windows as scientists work on a variety of projects ranging from DNA research to fossil preparation to artifact conservation.
Conservation is a recurrent theme. On a digital screen, the museum keeps track of the number of species that go extinct each day. According to the sign, the normal rate of extinction is one species per every four years. In recent times, the rate has accelerated to four species every hour or 82 species every day.
The website provides updates about the movies as well as the special exhibits. Currently, the popular additional fee attractions include—The Greeks-Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, Cyrus Tang Hall of China, and the Underground Adventure.
Before You Go
Check out the Field Museum’s website and create a plan. This will allow you to make an informed decision about which ticket is the best for your situation. The special exhibits are a definite draw, but one could easily spend a whole day exploring the permanent exhibits.
If you’re going to visit multiple Chicago tourist attractions, consider a CityPASS. The cost savings can be substantial. The pass includes visits to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry360 Chicago, Adler Planetarium, and Art Institute of Chicago.
There is plenty of nearby parking garages that charge a significant fee. It is best to avoid days when the Chicago Bears are playing at next-door Soldier Field.
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