I think this is my favorite museum across the entire country :) I love natural history museums and this one is one of the best! There are so many areas I don't know how you can get through it in one day. However, it's not impossible like the American Natural History museum in New York where you literally just feel defeated before you even start to browse through the exhibits.I like it because the museum is well situated, it's airy on the outside and open on the inside so you don't feel cramped or suffocated with too many things going on. There are dinosaurs and huge skeletal displays everywhere you turn. My favorite was probably the Asian exhibits because they displayed something unique to this museum as most museums try to go a tribal route whereas this one was a little more modern.I would dedicate probably a good day to this museum if you are planning to visit or you will feel like you need to come back and look through the rest.
This amazing institution has exhibits and programs on anthropology, botany, geology, paleontology and zoology. They also have a vast collection, amassed over the decades and now used for research. But really it's just a fun place full of very cool stuff and great people. So much goes on there. As I write this they have a show on chocolate, one on the evolving planet, another on Ground Zero and still another on whales.I grew up at the Field Museum. It was my favorite museum when I was a kid, and then later while I was in college I was able to work in the Exhibitions Department as an intern.
This is one of Chicago's best museums and one of America's premier natural history museums. You can easily spend hours here. Be sure to visit the Hall of Dinosaurs, Ancient Americas, DNA Discovery Center, Hall of Gems and Pacific Spirits (ceremonial masks). There are many other fascinating exhibits, both permanent and temporary. Keep in mind that the museum tends to be crowded with families during school vacations and with school groups on weekdays when school is in session. However, most of the exhibits are of equal interest to adults.
After the World's Fair, the Field Museum was born and took residence in the Palace of Fine Arts (now the Museum of Science and Industry), in order to display artifacts from the fair. The museum has since changed locations and has grown to include other notable attractions, such as Sue the dinosaur. In 2013, to commemorate the 120 year anniversary of the fair, the museum opened the vaults, showing rarely seen items from its original collection. Head here before September 7th to experience the exhibit.
If you only have time to make it to one museum in Chicago, I'd recommend the Field Museum of Natural History. I always learn something new there whether it's about dinosaurs, the environment or whales (the current exhibit I raced over to see). I knew whales are mammals but I never knew they had evolved from land mammals when food became more plentiful in the oceans than on the land.
Home of the world's largest T-Rex: Sue. Besides that attraction, there's a pretty awesome and permanent exhibit on Egypt. The exhibit showing the taxidermy of seemingly every animal possible is both educational yet slightly creepy depending on who you're with. This is also a good spot to add to your Mold-a-Rama collection...
such a tremendous museum. if I lived in Chicago I would absolutely become a member, since they have an incredible variety of rotating exhibits and the sheer volume and scope of the general collection is already a lot to take in. I really enjoyed their temporary Vodou exhibit and the Pacific Spirits room.
Not even several mandatory school field trips here when I was a kid could ruin my continuing enjoyment of this natural history wonderland. Be dazzled by the gem hall. Gawk at the dinosaur bones. Learn about the stars or Native American tribes. It's enough to keep you occupied for a dozen rainy days.
Set in an overwhelmingly large sized building lies Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex dinosaur that has ever been found and pieced together. You must visit this museum if you have the time while in the Chicago area. Parking can be tricky so I recommend taking public transit!
An up-close and personal experience with Chicago resident T-Rex, Sue is a must on any visit to Chicago. If you love gems and jewelry as much as I do, you will be in 7th Heaven in the Gems Hall. Also, they have one of the most beautiful Amida Buddha Statue I have ever seen.