Located on Chicago's iconic Lake Michigan Shore, the Field Museum is one of my favourite museums in the world. With nearly 40 million specimens and artefacts in their collection, it brings you something new to discover/learn during each visit. Every time I am visiting Chicago, i try to dedicate a few hours of my time to this fascinating museum. (https://www.fieldmuseum.org/)
The Field Museum is huge and requires plenty of time to discover all the displays. Following are the exhibitions within the museum:
The one exhibition I always visit is the Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet where you get to know the many creatures that have roamed the earth throughout history, from single-cel organisms to the evolution of mankind.
Admire the giant sloths, meet a model of Lucy, a 3.2-million-year-old hominid.
Admire the many fossils on display and learn all about earth's mass extinction events. A hugely impressive hall is the Elizabeth Morse Genius Hall of Dinosaurs where you can get up and close with more than a dozen of the biggest dinosaurs that once roamed our planet.
Next , step into the world of Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex specimen. Sue's skeleton is 40-foot long and 90% complete. This T. rex is named for Sue Hendrickson, who discovered the dinosaur in 1990 during a commercial excavation trip north of Faith, South Dakota.
Another exhibition i always love is the Ancient Americas exhibition. This exhibition journeys through 13,000 years of human ingenuity and achievement in the Americas.
Learn more about the different societies that thrived in the Americas long before the arrival of Europeans. Follow the path from hunters and gatherers to the Aztec and Inca empires.
Discover when the European settlers arrived and how they shaped history to present day.
With interactive displays and thousands of artefacts, explore what we’ve learned recently about these advanced early civilizations and what they teach us about our way of life today.
One room I always love is the totem pole room, where huge totems stand proud and tall .
The Africa exhibition offers a glimpse into the varied cultures you find in Africa. Learn more about the many different cultures, listen to the languages spoken within the many African countries and admire African life. From walking through a town in Senegal to walking along a camel caravan deep in the Sahara, experience Africa.
Another exhibition I always visit is the Egypt exhibition. With the largest collection of mummies in the United States (23 human mummies and more than 30 animal mummies), it is a must visit exhibition. Step back in time and discover life in Egypt during the time when the Pharaos ruled. Experience an ancient marketplace, walk around one of the boats that sailed on the river Nile or step inside a three storey replica of an ancient Egyptian tomb. In this replica, you can explore two authentic chamber rooms that are over 4,400 years old.
In the mammal exhibition, you can catch a glimpse of mammals from Asia and Africa—from giraffes at a watering hole to monkeys peeking out from the canopy. The many dioramas provide you with perfect crafted landscapes with carefully preserved specimens.
Where there are many more exhibitions within the Field Museum, to many to discover during one visit.
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