The Field Museum

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The Field Museum
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Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Field Museum is named after Marshall Field and is a popular attraction for tourists and local residents.

The Field Museum
Photograph: Max Herman
"Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair" at the Field Museum runs through September 7, 2014.
Photograph: Max Herman
Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair" at the Field Museum runs through September 7, 2014.
South Loop

Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 30 permanent exhibitions covering 300,000 square feet. Inside the permanent displays, you can see glowering dinos, marvel at ancient artifacts from a royal Egyptian tomb, undergo a lesson in cannibalism in the “Pacific Spirits” gallery or take a stroll through the newly rehabbed Halls of Gems and Jade.

Venue name: The Field Museum
Address: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr

Cross street: at McFetridge Dr
Opening hours: Daily 9am–5pm. No entry after 4pm.
Transport: El: Green, Orange, Red to Roosevelt. Bus: 12, 30, 146. Train: Elec Main to Millennium Station.
Price: $18, seniors and students $15, kids ages 3–11 $13. Discounts for Chicago residents.
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Michael J

All of the displays—particularly Sue the T. Rex—in the beautiful central hall are great, as are some of the taxidermy items like the Bushman and Lions of Tsavo. I really enjoy the dinosaur, gemstone and Pacific Island areas, but others can feel a little bit old and overwhelming. In general, the museum is much more manageable than, say, the American Museum of Natural History, and often has intriguing exhibitions (Mammoths and Mastodons was a personal favorite).

Amber L

 Fantastic museum with tons to do for all ages. I really respect and admire the decolonizing methodologies used with the indigenous peoples exhibits they have. 

Cynthia C
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The Field Museum is not the site of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, the Columbian Exposition.  It is the Museum of Science and Industry in the Hyde Park community at 56-57th Streets and located in Jackson Park (not Grant Park) that was the site of the Fair.  Just to the south and at the rear of the Museum of Science and Industry is the Columbia Basin which flows into east and west branches of the lagoon which surround the Wooded Island.  The Wooded Island and the Osaka Japanese Garden are just two of features designed by Frederick Law Olmsted specifically for the Fair.  To the south of the lagoon and Wooded Island and on the site of the Electricity Building (one of the buildings of the Fair complex) stands the replica of the Statute of the Republic, in honor of the Columbian Exposition.