The Field Museum in Chicago

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Main Museum Hall and Sue

We have visited the Field Museum in Chicago a couple of times now and have enjoyed each visit. There are several static exhibits as well as several temporary exhibits, which makes revisiting very worthwhile. One of the main reasons that we decided to go to the museum was because they currently have a Jurassic World Exhibit, which we had heard was really interesting. Unfortunately, it is in an outside tent that wraps around the museum and because of the sub-zero temperatures, it was closed the day of our visit. That didn’t stop us from fully enjoying our time at the museum, though.

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Realistic Tiger Display
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Stegosaurus Fossil
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People of the Pacific Northwest Display

Of the permanent exhibits, there are two that are our favorites. The first is the Evolving Planet exhibit and the other is the Tsavo Lions exhibit. Whether you have children or not, seeing the dinosaur fossils and the wild animals displays are always fascinating. You can definitely expect to spend at least four to six hours when you visit the museum, especially if you want to watch any of the movies that are available.

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Tsavo Lions
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T-Rex, but not Sue
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Cheetahs

The Field Museum is probably most famous for its exhibit of Sue, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. It holds a prominent location in the main hall of the museum, but the head on the display is not Sue’s actual head as it is too heavy for the display. To see Sue’s actual head, you need to head upstairs and see the exhibit at the rear of the museum where the head is on display in a large glass case. Regardless of how much time you have in Chicago, take time to visit the Field Museum.

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Sue’s Head
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Recreating a Dinosaur

 

2 thoughts on “The Field Museum in Chicago”

  1. I’ve been to Chicago a few times, and I haven’t ever been there. If I end up in Illinois and not Colorado (hope to get accepted to both and I’ll have to choose), I’ll try to visit it on a Chicago visit. Thanks for writing about it. It looks cool!

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