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Huge Prehistoric and Natural History Displays at Field Museum
by Tommy Ford
Say Hello To Sue
Upon entry to the main hall you will be greeted by the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered. Affectionately known as "Sue," these remains were purchased at auction for the largest amount ever paid for a dinosaur fossil, almost $9,000,000. She is now on permanent display at the Field. The museum's collection houses many other dinosaur skeletons and fossil remains.
Prehistory is not the only attraction at the Field. There are extensive collections devoted to Native Americans. These are wonderful, extensive collections that delve deeply into the history and culture of the native peoples. You will find artifacts and displays that completely cover this aspect of American history, ranging from pole to pole.
Another favorite at the Field are the natural history exhibits with huge assortments of animals in natural dioramas. A perennial favorite are the "Tsavo lions." The Tsavo lions are two mane less male lions who in 1889 halted the building of a railroad in east Africa. Estimates of the number of victims claimed by these lions range up to 140. They were eventually hunted down and construction resumed. The movie, "The Ghost and the Darkness," staring Michael Douglas was based upon these events.
Everyone enjoyed the Egyptian section, where you get a hint of what it must be like to journey down into a tomb. The collection is extensive and covers many aspects of ancient Egyptian life. There are a number of mummies on display as well as the remains of a funeral barge.
African Bush Elephants
Other exhibits cover the life of Pacific Islanders. There is a reconstructed Maori meeting house, the only one to be found in North America. Fascinating displays show rocks and minerals from around the world.
The Field plays host to numerous traveling exhibits throughout the year. Check their website to see what is currently on display. A new feature at The Field is the Ernst & Young 3D Theater, Chicago's only digital 3D theater. Different films are featured, including a recent favorite, "Dinosaurs Alive 3D."
If after hours of exploring you feel the need for a lunch break, have no fear. The Field has two dining options, Corner Bakery, and McDonalds, perfect for relaxing with a snack or a meal.
The Field Museum is open from 9am - 5pm every day except Christmas. It is part of the "Museum Campus," which also includes the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.
We would like to thank the Chicago Cultural Center for assisting with our feature.
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