Explore Earth’s Mysteries at Field Museum of Natural History

March 04, 2015

Field Museum Ice AgeFrom dinosaurs and ancient Egypt to the mysteries of DNA, the Field Museum of Natural History is one of the best places in Chicago to feed your appetite for curiosity. Featuring a wide range of educational programs for both children and adults, the Field Museum provides endless opportunities for scientific discovery.

One of the Field Museum’s most notable features is the world-famous Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil, known affectionately as “Sue.” Measuring a full 42 feet long from snout to tail, Sue is the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered. Admirers of this magnificent preservation can examine the fossil up close and then discover fascinating new information about the T. rex that a CT scan of Sue’s skull revealed. While Sue’s fossil contains a replica skull, her original skull weights approximately 600 pounds and can be viewed in an exhibition on the Museum’s balcony. You can also see Sue in her very own film, Waking the T. rex 3D: The Story of Sue at the museum’s 3D Theater.

Another rare feature of the Field Museum, Inside Ancient Egypt, is one of the few places in the country where visitors can explore an ancient Egyptian tomb! Guests will wander through the museum’s three-story replica of a mastaba, which contains two authentic rooms from the 5,000-year-old tomb of a pharaoh’s son. As one of the largest collections of mummies in the country, this exhibit reveals some of the elaborate preparations for the afterlife practiced by the Egyptians. Additionally, guests can explore a marketplace containing jewelry, ceramics, games and other artifacts that provide insight into the daily lives of ancient Egyptians.

For history that’s a little closer to home, The Ancient Americas exhibit offers fascinating artifacts and replicas from several Native American tribes as well as Mesoamerica and Central America. Featured in this exhibit is the North America Collections, which showcases artifacts from the Hopewell Culture of Ohio, the Plains and Montane regions, the Southwest and Apache regions and the Northwest Coast. By collaborating with Native American groups, the Field Museum staff has put together one of the most comprehensive Native American exhibits featuring artifacts from the Plains Cree, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Sioux and Crow.

Plus, the museum has many other exciting exhibitions to explore. Archaeology and paleontology fans will want to check out the museum’s Before the Dinosaurs: Tracking the Reptiles of Pangaea or Evolving Planet exhibits, in which guests walk through a timeline detailing 4 billion years of life on Earth.  Museum goers who want to experience life from new perspectives should visit the full-size replica of the Pawnee Earth Lodge or explore an authentic Maori Meeting House used for religious rituals by the New Zealand Maori culture. And, those who are fascinated by animals can explore exhibits about The Tsavo Lions of Africa, the Gidwitz Hall of Birds or Extinct Madagascar: Picturing the Island’s Past.

From its humble beginnings as an extension of the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 to the fun destination you see today, the Field Museum has dedicated more than a century to telling the stories of life on Earth. Featuring an extensive collection of fascinating exhibits, educational programs for both children and adults and public events, the museum is committed to inspiring students, educators, scientists and guests of all ages.

Chicago’s Field Museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Christmas. Prices for admission range from $15 for a basic student ticket and $31 for an adult all-access admission.

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