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With more than 20 million artifacts, the Field Museum is an engaging museum filled with both interactive and imaginative displays. The big attraction is the Tyrannosaurus rex named "Sue," a 13 foot (4 meter) tall, 41 ft (13 m) long beast who menaces the grand space with ferocious aplomb. The most complete T-Rex ever discovered, it takes its name from Sue Hendrickson, the fossil-hunter who found the 90 percent complete skeleton in South Dakota in 1990.
Dinosaurs loom large in the Field Museum. At the Evolving Planet exhibit, you can also watch staff paleontologists clean up fossils, learn about the evolution of the massive reptiles, and even learn about Homo sapien's evolutionary ties to the extinct beasts. Away from the prehistoric giants, the “Inside Ancient Egypt” exhibit recreates an Egyptian burial chamber on three levels. The mastaba (tomb) contains 23 actual mummies. The bottom level, with its twisting caverns, is especially worthwhile. Those reeds growing in the stream are real.
Other displays worth your time include “Underground Adventure,” a vast exhibit exploring the habitats of animals and insects that live underground, and the “Pawnee Earth Lodge,” which allows visitors to explore a complete dwelling of the Great Plains tribe.
While you can cover the Field Museum highlights in two hours, 3-4 hours lets you explore the museum at a relaxed pace. But don’t expect to see everything in one go—Field Museum is one of the world’s largest natural history museums, with three floors and more than 30 million artifacts....More
Yes, the Field Museum is worth it—it’s one of the world’s largest natural history museums and home to more than 30 million specimens. Highlights include the Dinosaur Hall with its Sue the T. rex fossil; the mummies of the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibition; and the interactive Evolving Planet gallery....More
There’s no on-site parking at the Field Museum, but parking is available at the nearby East Museum Lot and Soldier Field Garage. Parking fees are set by Chicago Park District, and current rates are US$25 for up to four hours (Soldier Field only) or $30 for up to 12 hours....More
You don’t need to book Field Museum tickets in advance, but it is recommended. You can buy general admission tickets online, which lets you secure tickets for the date of your choice, skip ticket lines, and enjoy a contactless experience on arrival. You can also buy admission tickets on the day at the museum....More
Yes, you can bring food, drinks, and snacks into the Field Museum, but you can only eat them in the designated areas by the Sea Mammals exhibition or the Siragusa Center on the ground floor. You can also buy food and snacks from the Bistro, Explorer Cafe, and vending machines....More
Yes, you can bring backpacks, handbags, and purses into the Field Museum—you can take most items into the museum with you. There’s also a coat check available at Stanley Field Hall by the South Entrance, where you can leave backpacks, luggage, and shopping bags....More