Yesterday, the Field Museum revealed that a new permanent exhibition of Chinese artifacts is currently under construction. When it opens next June, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China will showcase more than 350 pieces from the museum's collection, including textiles, bronzes, ceramics and sculptures. The exhibit will explore the history of China, tracing a path from the country's ancient beginnings to its modern status as a leader in trade, technology and innovation.
The new exhibit will replace the museum's previous display of Chinese artifacts, which was closed in 2013. Occupying 6,000 square feet of gallery space, the collection will include the museum's 13th-century stone lions in addition to pieces obtained in the early 1900s by curator Berthold Laufer. The new exhibit will make use of touch screens, allowing visitors to interact with signage to learn more about the objects on display. Unfortunately, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China will not be accessible to patrons with general admission tickets— you'll need a "Discovery" or "All-Access" pass to check out the hall once it opens next year.