Travel from ancient civilizations through modern times, viewing remnants of bygone cultures and traditions at The Field ... More
The Field Museum
Travel from ancient civilizations through modern times, viewing remnants of bygone cultures and traditions at The Field Museum. Get the inside story on Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur skeleton, or view preserved man-eating lions and other animals. For a truly subterranean experience, check out the Underground Adventure, an exhibit dedicated to soil and how it sustains life, or just relax at one of several places to eat. Free for members, teachers and military personnel. Chicago residents receive a discount. See website for online ticketing, visitor guide, and extended hours.
Maybe its because im not really that into history and stuff of that nature, but i was a little dissapointed....was expecting way more, so maybe thats why.....that life size fossil of the T-Rex Sue was insane, loved that...and all the dinosaur displays.......maybe my expectations were too high or something....great place to take the family and kids though.
Out of all the museums in Chicago, I would have to say that the Field Museum takes the cake as being the best museum of the Windy City. Its historical architecture was enough to draw me in. The last time I was there the exhibits included Sue, the most complete T.Rex skeleton, Star Wars, and a Honey! I shrunk the kids. All were fantastic and I reccommend visiting the museum in the near future.
I have only been to the Field Museum two times in my life and that is by far one time too many. If you attend during the week you are assailed by hundreds of screaming school children, making the visit seem like you are in an echo chamber. The noise is relentless. The museum seems to be a Mecca for teachers and their classes. One gets the opinion that the kids could care less about the place, but enjoy being out of the classroom. This is a common complaint I have heard numerous times. The exhibits seem out-dated and dusty looking. There is a lot of hype regarding the dinosaur exhibit and after about five minutes of viewing you wonder if you are missing part of the exhibit as there is nothing else to hold one's attention.
The Field Museum isn't perfect, but it is close. Exhibits are designed with a range of patrons in mind. The breadth the standard exhibits and constantly rotating pattern of other exhibits means that you could easily visit with guests every year and never get bored.
Like many, my favorites are the dinosaur skeletons. But I find the jade exhibits nearly as fascinating. The museum isn't always laid out in the order I would conceive it to be, but such a complaint seems to me to be petty.
Not petty is the issue over parking. My wife is unable to walk far and there just isn't a good place for us to park nearby, so I must drop her off and then take (sometimes) up to 30 minutes to get back to the front entrance with her. Given the congestion of its location I am not sure how to resolve this, we do it by use of amply provided benches and practice a little bit of patience.
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