As summer winds down and back-to-school looms on the horizon, kids across the country are trading in their summer schedules for morning bells, pop quizzes and homework. Thankfully, Chicago is a city that keeps the brain power humming with dozens of museums. Here are four fall exhibits at Chicago museums that our family is penciling in on our busy fall schedule.
October 25 - September 7, 2014
This October, the Field Museum is opening its secret vaults and sharing some of its treasures from the Columbian Exposition. This 1893 World's Fair put Chicago front and center on the global stage as it showcased the architecture and culture of a fast-changing world. Chewing gum and the Ferris Wheel are perhaps our longest lasting souvenirs of the fair, but the Field Museum promises to reveal even more fascinating treasures.
October 16, 2013 - February 17, 2014
On October 16, the Museum of Science and Industry will celebrate one of Chicago's best - Walt Disney - with the unveiling of 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney history. This exhibit will showcase all things Disney - from drawings to props to costumes to theme park attractions - many of which have never been on public display before, including clips from some of Disney's earliest animated works, the original script for Mickey Mouse's first movie (Steamboat Willie), and even a recreation of a working animator's office from the Disney Studios. As with most Museum of Science and Industry exhibits, guest will be invited to participate: record sound effects for a film, try out the Disney MultiPlane film camera, and learn to draw your favorite Disney characters.
Septmber 21 - January 14, 2014
Explore the secret lives of animals at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's upcoming exhibit Animal Secrets. Different habitats will the reveal the hidden happenings of the inhabitants of a stream, meadow woodland, cave and naturalist's tent. You'll learn how mother bats find their babies in dark caves, where chipmunks sleep, and how eagles feed their little ones. Families will also be able to observe salamanders, turtles, fish and snakes in this interactive and educational exhibit.
We visit the Oriental Institute, the University of Chicago's archeology museum and research center for ancient Near Eastern studies, at least once a year. Its outstanding collection contains mummies, a colossal 40-ton human-headed winged bull, and a monumental statue of King Tut. This time around we'll be picking up one of the new audio guides that aims to introduce kids to the history and culture of Ancient Egypt. The tours are loaded on Apple iPods that are available in the Suq at no charge to members, and a fee of $5.00 for non-members.
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