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“Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery”

  • Museums, Natural history
  • The Field Museum | Chicago, IL, Museum Campus
Purple sea creatures on bone with yellow and red vegetation
Photograph: Courtesy of the Field Museum

Time Out says

Delve into the often-mystifying process of death in this surprisingly life-affirming exhibit at the Field Museum, which explores dying through a variety of natural and cultural processes. Attendees can explore highlights like a full-sized ofrenda made by Chicago artist Norma Rios-Sierra, a replica of a whale's body on the ocean floor and check out a variety of interactive media and soundscapes to help ponder some of life's big questions about death. 


The Field Museum | Chicago, IL
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Cross street:
at McFetridge Dr
El stop: Green, Orange, Red to Roosevelt. Bus: 12, 30, 146. Train: Elec Main to Millennium Station.
Included with museum admission

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