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The Field Museum | Chicago, IL

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The Field Museum
Photograph: Courtesy the Field Museum
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Time Out says

Everything you need to know about visiting the Field Museum (1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605).

Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural history museum is still one of Chicago’s most beloved institutions. With more than 350,000 square feet of permanent exhibitions to explore, you could spend several days immersed in the thousands of artifacts on display. Visitors can take a peek at ancient Egyptian mummies, get a closer look at a towering dinosaur skeleton or marvel at rare jewels in the Grainger Hall of Gems.

Have a dinosaur encounter

Upon entering the Field Museum, you'll come face to skull with Máximo, a 122-foot-long titanosaur skeleton that lived more than 100,000 million years ago in Argentina. Visitors can stroll under the gigantic frame of one of the largest animals that ever walked the Earth—the display is a touchable cast, so don't be afraid to reach out and grab a leg bone. And if you're looking for Sue the T. rex, you'll be able to find the former Stanley Field Hall resident in a new section of the museum's “Evolving Planet” exhibition.

See a scientist at work

The skeletons and fossils contained within the “Evolving Planet” exhibition are certainly amazing, but it’s equally fascinating to see how they’re prepared before going on display. In the “Fossil Prep Lab” on the museum’s second floor, you can watch scientists using jackhammers, saws and sandblasters to uncover fossils that have been embedded in rocks for millions of years.

Catch a 3D flick

A general admission ticket gets you access to plenty of the Field Museum’s most famous exhibitions, but upgrading to a Discovery or All-Access Pass will allow you see a 3D movie. A rotating lineup of films transports 3D glasses-clad audiences to the land of dinosaurs, the Galapagos and ancient Egypt, complete with some eye-popping effects. You can save a few bucks by visiting on a free museum day and upgrading your free basic admission to include a 3D movie screening.

Our Chicago editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of Chicago at your fingertips. The Field Museum was most recently updated with new tips on November 30, 2018.

Details

Address:
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago
60605
Cross street:
at McFetridge Dr
Transport:
El stop: Green, Orange, Red to Roosevelt. Bus: 12, 30, 146. Train: Elec Main to Millennium Station.
Price:
$26 adults, seniors and students $23, kids ages 3–11 $19. Discounts for Chicago and Illinois residents.
Opening hours:
Daily 9am–5pm. No entry after 4pm.
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“Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep”

  • Natural history

The Field Museum's latest exhibition takes you into the depth of prehistoric seas, where gigantic underwater creatures made their home more than 200 million years ago. Visitors will learn how these Jurassic giants evolved into familiar marine animals, like sea snakes, turtles, dolphins and whales. The interactive exhibition include real fossils and CGI projections of ancient creatures like the mosasaur—also known as the T.rex of the sea.

“Wild Color”

  • Natural history

Explore the colors of the natural world in the Field Museum's latest exhibition, which examines the meaning and function of some of the brightest hues in the world. “Wild Color” explores how plants and animals use color to ward off predators or attract maters, and how the color of gems and minerals can offer clues about their formation. The 7,000-square-foot exhibition is filled with specimens from the Field Museum's extensive collection, including a platypus that fluoresces under UV light and birds in every color (including "super black").

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