Since 1893, The Field Museum has been wowing visitors with its amazing collection of specimens and artifacts. From beloved Sue, the largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, to one of the largest collections of diamonds and gems in the world, the Field Museum offers a never-ending list of amazing things to discover within its historic walls. Here are seven things that we're excited too see and do this fall at the Field.
Identify your interesting finds at ID Day
Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bring in your interesting yet puzzling finds - think bones, fossils, rocks, meteorites, seashells, etc. - and the museum's scientists will help you identify what it is exactly. Just make sure your specimens are clean and dry. You can also bring in live insects as long as they're sealed in jars but please no animals. This day promises to be fun for all - even if you don't have anything to bring in: the museum's scientists will also have specimens on display for you to see and touch.
Learn more about the science behind the movies: "Gattaca"
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m.
The Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
The Field Museum heads to the charming Music Box Theatre in September for its Cinema Science series. Watch the 1997 cult classic "Gattaca" and then and talk to Field Museum scientists about what the movie got right and wrong. Field Museum geneticists Kevin Feldheim and Shannon Hackett will be on hand to to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about DNA but were afraid to ask. Tickets: $10; purchase at the Music Box's website at musicboxtheatre.com.
Earn a Boy Scout or Girl Scout badge at Badge Days
Boy Scout Dates: Oct. 3, 17, 24 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Girl Scout Dates: Sept. 19, 26 (10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
On Badge Day, The Field Museum will offer fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities. All Merit Badge requirements are completed through the program and you'll be able to go behind the scenes with the in-house scientists. Boy Scouts programming is open to Boy Scouts interested in earning their Archaeology or Insect Study Merit Badges, while Girl Scouts programming is for those interested in earning the Animal Habitats or Flower Badges.
Meet a Scientist
Each Friday in October, meet scientists in the galleries and learn more about the outstanding museum collections. Hear about their recent research findings, get your hands on real artifacts and specimens from the over 27 million objects not on display.
Oct. 2 and 9: Land snails and slugs
Oct. 16 (National Fossil Day): Fossil vertebrates and invertebrates
Oct. 23: Birds (including a live falcon!)
Oct. 30: Insects and spiders
Get into the museum ... for free!
Oct. 4 and 30 are free days at the museum: basic admission is free for Illinois residents. A ticketed exhibition or 3D film is also available at a special price by adding a Discovery Pass for $11, or see it all with an All-Access Pass for $18.
Meet Sue in 3D!
Sixty-seven million years ago, Sue, the museum's famous T. rex, wandered the planet. Witness her roar live in the 3D movie "Waking the T. rex 3D: The Story of SUE," which premieres at The Field Museum's D3D Cinema.
Get to know the Greeks - from Agamemnon to Alexander the Great
Opens November 25
The Field Museum's upcoming exhibit will take you on a journey through 5,000 years of Greek history and culture, demonstrating how Greek culture continues to shape our world today. Tickets range from $13-$31.
The Field Museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Last admission is at 4 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Call 312.665.9410 or visit fieldmuseum.org for more information.