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1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060541.867529 -87.615911
Neighborhoods: Central, Near South Side
Egypt, dinosaurs, soil, plants, gemstones and rocks to your hearts content; The Field Museum of Natural History is Chicago's world class field museum. It is filled with both anthropological and archaeological historical references and will take you two days to get through if you study each exhibit thoroughly. Thankfully the museum also participates in the Green Museum Initiative, so works to be environmentally friendly for your visit. Excellent!
There's so much to see here, you could easily spend an entire weekend exploring the dinosaur bones, rocks, and special exhibits.
Pirates Exhibit Not Worth The Extra Money – The Pirates Exhibit is not worth the extra money for admission. The facts seem completely false-the exhibit seems more like being at Disney than in an educational institution. It is a mistake to bleieve that you can use or must use what is no longer being used by one entertainment venue in an educatinal exhibit-or that facts should be made up to make it more interesting. It was a waste of my time and my money.
FANTASTIC – This museum is so diverse. There are so many different exhibits to see. You can spend many hours here. We are members even though we live in Indiana. They have a great membership program for people more than 100 miles away. We go at least 4 times a year. Very easy to get to.
See the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex, Egyptian tombs and a hall of priceless gems at Chicago's natural history museum. – Overview
The Field Museum has made a name for itself with media splashes like the Tyrannosaurus rex (aka "Sue") exhibit as well as mainstays like the permanent Underground Adventure exhibit, where visitors can walk through a large-scale underground ecosystem for an up-close look at the world that exists below the Earth's surface. You can also see a life-sized Egyptian tomb, mummies and examples of the riches the ancient tombs once held. The Dino Store features the latest in "Sue"-inspired T-shirts and mugs.
Visitors can take a walk through a dramatically lit display of Pacific Northwestern masks and totem poles with a model of an Eskimo ice home and earth science displays of rocks, gems and minerals. A genuine Maori meeting house and Pawnee earth lodge round out the menu. Visitors can also learn about the history of slavery and the African diaspora.
Don't waste your money on King Tut – The museum on the whole is awesome, but don't waste your money on King Tut. He's not even there! The attraction was over-crowded; and since many others paid for the "audio tour" they were standing in front of the exhibit for long stretches of time, while I wanted to look at it and move on. We went first thing in the morning and it was wall-to-wall people. I am glad that I got the $5 discount from Jewel. "jeweltut" is the password for the discount. We were out of there in 45 minutes. It was a huge disappoinment. Afterwards we had lunch at the Signature Room and strolled Michigan Ave., so the day wasn't a bust, but this was!
King Tut exhibit was a disappointment! – I had been looking forward to seeing the King Tut exhibit for months. The way it was billed in the advertising truly made it sound as though the famous mummy himself would be there. Going through the crowded exhibit, we did see a lot of cool things from his tomb, and I found my anticipation growing. At the final room, rather than see Tut himself, we were treated to a digital presentation of the mummy. I was one disappointed camper! The museum employee in the final room told us that Tut had been damaged once and could never be moved anymore. That is perfectly understandable, but I think that if this is the case, the advertising for the museum should have made this clear. My husband and I spent extra money to get into the exhibit because we were excited to see Tut, and we don't have a lot of money. I am truly frustrated!
On the other hand, a broader perspective tells me that this is a pretty cool museum with a lot of great stuff in it, a place where we could have spent a couple of days discovering things...
Don't waste your money on the Pompeii Exhibit – The Pompeii exhibit was so overcrowded, it was ridiculous! You could get more out of a book I believe. DO see the Egyptian exhibit, artifacts are amazing!
Somewhat boring... – While the musuem features the most well-preserved fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton as well as a life-sized Egyptian tomb, the endless variety of stuffed animals and fake plants was admittedly somewhat boring to this visitor. Your time visiting Chicago is better spent at the Science and Industry Museum or the Peggy Notebaert Nature Center.
EXCELLENT – This was an excellent place to visit. It was not too adult for children, but not to childish for adults. It had wonderful exhibits and something for everyone. Informational with being boring
I love the museum! IT IS AWESOME!! they have a lot of interesting things. they have more than one could probably cover in an entire day. they have mummies, decomposing humans, a vast collection of butterflies... i mean, i can not even start to name all the gorgeous things there. the tickets are around $5 but they offer free days.
A WORLD CLASS MUSEUM – We recently had the opportunity to spend time in several of Chicago's museum's.
The person who is reponsible for advertising the quality of the Field Museum isn't doing their job.
Without question, this museum is one of the best kept secrets in the midwest.
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