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Family Visit to the Field Museum: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair

January 01, 2014

Field Museum World's Fair

Did you know that Chicago’s Field Museum was founded to commemorate the 1893 World’s Fair? I’ve been visiting Chicago’s Field Museum since I was a kid myself, and entering into the grand hall, where Sue the Dinosaur lives, still fills me with excitement. My kids and I recently visited the  Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit, which takes visitors back to 1893, to the World’s Colombian Exposition – one of the greatest events in the history of Chicago, and the U.S.

Featuring more than 200 artifacts and specimens from our city’s unforgettable fair, the Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit also showcases cherished memorabilia, such as one of the financial ledgers and tickets, Peruvian mummies, 3D printed replicas of figurines found inside one of the mummy bundles, and instruments from the gamelan played at the Javanese village on the Fair’s Midway. I enjoyed reading and learning more about the exhibits at the World’s Fair while the kids enjoyed seeing a giant squid looming over our heads, playing some instruments that were introduced to world audiences for the first time at the fair, and looking into the toothy grin of a taxidermied lion.

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