Photo courtesy of Field Museum of Natural History
Photo courtesy of Field Museum of Natural History

Field Museum of Natural History

Type: Museums, Science Museums

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Family-Friendly Museums: Mummies, fossils and dinosaurs, kid favorites, are some of the historic treasures inside the Field Museum. Massive columns and striking galleries filled with natural light help kids feel the history and you're immediately greeted by two massive elephants and Maximo the Titanosaur. Delve into paleontology, geology, botany, anthropology and much more. With nine acres of space to set up, curators can change displays regularly and still have nearly 50 million items from which to choose. Check the web site for "Meet the Scientist" demonstrations which can be anything from staff showing how mammals are prepped for the collections or a free screening of a science related blockbuster film. If time and money is tight, opt for the Basic Admission pass which doesn't include access to the special exhibits but allows visitors plenty to see and enjoy.

Museums: The exterior of this hulking marble facility only hints at the historic treasures inside. The architect's goal was boldness and he achieved it with massive columns and striking galleries filled with natural light. Visitors are immediately greeted by two massive elephants and Maximo the Titanosaur. Keep going and you'll delve into paleontology, geology, botany, anthropology and much more. With nine acres of space to set up, curators can change displays regularly and still have more than 40 million items from which to choose. If time is tight, opt for the Basic Admission pass which doesn't include access to the special exhibits but allows visitors plenty to see and enjoy.


Address

1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Map / Directions
312-922-9410


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Expert Tips by Jacky Runice

Chicago Local Expert

Family-Friendly Museums: "Pack a lunch or snacks to save time and money."

Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: SUE, the largest and most complete and preserved T. rex discovered, returns to Field in spring 2019 after important scientific updates to the fearsome fossil.

Expert Tips by Megy Karydes

Chicago Local Expert

Museums: "Pack a lunch or snacks to save time and money."

Best for Museums Because: The Field Museum of Natural History is home to SUE, the largest and most complete and best-preserved T. rex to have been discovered.

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