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THE FIELD MUSEUM

Through a collection of over 24 million objects, explore the past, present and future of the physical earth, its plants, animals, people and their cultures at this beloved Chicago institution.

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A 40.5-foot T. rex leans forward as if ready to pounce... 58 teeth and a killer smile. Luckily for Field Museum visitors, the ancient skeleton hasn't moved on its own in 67 million years. The world's largest and most complete T. Rex ever found is just one of The Field's extraordinary specimens on display.

Chicago's Field Museum, one of the world's great museums, is a treasure trove of natural history for you to uncover. Built to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the museum's collection has grown to an astounding 24 million objects ranging from ancient mummies to exquisite gemstones, to endangered plants and animals.

The landmark building presides proudly over Chicago's lakefront museum campus and with 4.6 billion years under one roof, it's your passport to travel around the world and back in time.

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors at The Field Museum

An army for the afterlife — Learn about the conquests of Emperor Qin Shihuang, and come face to face with the lifesize soldier statues that guarded his hidden tomb in China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors on display from March 4, 2016 - January 8, 2017.

Other featured exhibitions to look out for at The Field Museum include:  


PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

Browse through a 27-foot-long hand scroll painting and go backstage of a Chinese shadow puppet theater at Cyrus Tang Hall of China, The Field Museum's newest permanent exhibition made its debut in June 2015. Within five galleries, the 350 stellar objects represent an astounding variety, including Neolithic pottery and jades, Shang and Zhou Dynasty bronzes, Han and Tang Dynasty burial objects, Song and Ming Dynasty ceramics, Buddhist and Daoist sculptures from multiple periods, and exquisite rubbings, textiles, and paintings.

Unlock the secrets of the mysterious and mystical with Inside Ancient Egypt. Climb to the top of a tomb to see a mummy below and descend to find the aftermath of robbers. Then, read the Book of the Dead—a guide to the afterworld - surrounded by coffins and buried objects of gold, shell, and more.

Journey through 4 billion years of life on Earth in the Evolving Planet. You'll find unique fossils, hands-on interactive displays, and recreated sea- and landscapes that help tell the story of how we got here today.

Imagine living in an 800-year-old pueblo and sharing one room - cooking, eating and sleeping - with your whole family in The Ancient Americas. Then, shrink to less than an inch tall in Underground Adventure, where you can crawl inside a cicada skeleton to see and feel how tough it is to be a bug.

Discover gemstones that look like they came from other planets along with Tiffany & Co. pieces from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in the Grainger Hall of Gems. Don't miss the eye-popping 5,890-carat Chalmers topaz or any of the 600 gemstones and 150 pieces of jewelry on display.

Watch The Field's exhibitions come to life in the Ernst & Young 3-D Theater - Chicago's only completely digital 3-D theater. Or follow museum scientists as they study the diversity of life and team up to protect living treasures from Chicago to South America to Pacific coral reefs at Abbot Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth.

For little explorers, the immersive kid-friendly environment at Crown Family PlayLab has six themed play areas bursting with real artifacts and specimens for them to make their own discoveries, develop new skills and take on the role of scientist for a day. Dig up dinosaur bones, grind corn in a pueblo or put on an animal costume and crawl, hop and fly.


The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410
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