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Hours:
Daily, 9am- 5pm

When to Go:
Weekday Mornings and Early Afternoons

Age Restriction:
All Ages

Nearest Transit:
18th St Metra

Important Information:
Open every day of the year except Christmas

Field Museum Chicago

Quick Facts

  • The Field Museum in Chicago is one of the most renowned natural history museums in the United States.
  • Permanent exhibits at the Field Science Museum Chicago include an exhibition on dinosaurs, Native Americans, and there are dozens of complex dioramas in this popular Chicago museum.
  • The Chicago Field Museum has a collection of more than 20 million different artifacts and specimens, only a handful of which are on display at any given time.

Address:
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
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Overall:
3.75
Location:
4
Information:
4.5
Fun Factor:
3

Based on 2 reviews

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Tour Review : Field Museum Chicago


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.35
Location:
4
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Field Museum - Check out Sue

I never considered myself to be a big "museum" guy, but after visiting the Natural History Museum in New York a few years back, I realized that museums are far more interactive and interesting than I remember them being as a kid. While the Field Museum isn't quite on par with the NYC Natural History Museum (in my opinion, anyways), it's still an impressive museum worth visiting - especially if you're traveling with kids.

The exterior of the Field Museum is almost as impressive as the historical collections it holds. The Greek-inspired columns at the entrance, combined with the stone staircase leading up to the Field Museum definitely make you feel like you're about to enter a building of great importance. Also, there's a dinosaur fossil (real or fake, I couldn't tell) on the west end of the building that sets the tone for the museum's atmosphere.

The highlight of the Field Museum experience has to be "Sue" - the world's most complete fossil of a T-Rex. (I'm not quite a dinosaur-nerd, but I'm pretty close.) You can actually find Sue right at the entrance of the museum, and she's seemingly always surrounded by eager photo-takers and tourists. 

The Field Museum exhibit that stuck with me the most was an exhibit on September 11th, 2001, which included never-before-seen photographs and harrowing information from a first-person perspective on the infamous terrorist attacks. There was also the "usual" museum collections and exhibits, including one on Native Americans and another on sea animals and whales in particular.

I saw an area aimed specifically at kids, and if you're looking for a bite to eat, there's a food court with a McDonald's and a deli. (Both were priced-up slightly - I'd wait until after you leave to eat.)

Overall, I spent about 90 minutes in the Field Museum. There were countless things to see and do, and I would specifically recommend the museum for kids. However, adults can learn a lot in the Field Museum as well - I know I did. 

Tour Review : Field Museum Chicago


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.35
Location:
4
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
2

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Field Museum Chicago - Don't Spend Your Whole Day Here

I’ve heard people just rave about this place, but I wasn’t as impressed as some of my friends have been. I honestly have to say that if you have to pick just one museum, go with the Museum of Science and Industry. But if you have time, the Field Museum is worth checking out. It’s more for a raining day though. DON’T waste a day of beautiful weather in Chicago by going to a museum.

The coolest part of the museum was by far Sue, the largest fully assembled T-Rex skeleton in the world. It’s very impressive to look at. But it’s right in the main entry way. So I guess technically you could walk in the building just to see that, not pay and then leave. But there are some other things worth your while.

The Egyptian section is the next best part. They have real mummies in coffins which I just find fascinating. I learned a ton in this part of the museum. They allow you to literally walk down in to a tomb that must have been about three or four stories tall. There’s an old Egyptian boat, which is another treasure of the Field Museum.

Another spot not to miss is the dinosaur exhibit where they feature the skeletal remains from a variety of different species. This part also shows the evolution of human beings in to the world. When I was there the rotating exhibit was about whales. It was cool, but a lot smaller then I was expecting. It is interesting to learn the evolution of whales though. Apparently, the first whale walked on land. Bet ya didn’t know that!

Don’t waste you money eating in the cafe at the museum. It’s tasteless and overpriced. Also, there was some sort of funky smell in the entire museum that I just couldn’t quite put my finger on. But I know it wasn’t good. Overall, it’s worth checking out if you have extra time, but don’t spend your entire day here.

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Summary

Features: The Field Museum is located at Chicago's Museum Campus. It was incorporated in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history." In 1905, the Museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honor the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences.

The Field Museum was founded to house the biological and  anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. These objects form the core of the Museum's collections which have grown through world-wide expeditions, exchange, purchase, and gifts to more than twenty million specimens. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition,  research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes. 

The Museum's permanent exhibits include topics such as bird habitats, African culture, animal biology, sea mammals, gems, fossils, eskimos, Native American cultures, and much, much more. Check the Museum's website for current temporary exhibits. You won't want to miss everyone's favorite, Sue, the world's largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex.  

Why We Go: The Field Museum in Chicago is top family friendly Chicago attraction that will entertain and inform kids and adults alike, and their comprehensive collection of specimens make it one of the most prestigious museums in the US.

  • Sue the T-Rex: "Sue" is the world's most complete T-Rex at 80%, and is a favorite Chicago attraction at the Science Museum in Chicago. 
  • Revolving Exhibitions: New exhibitions on a frequent basis keep the Field Science Museum Chicago fresh even for those who have been to this popular Chicago museum multiple times. Past exhibitions at the Field Museum in Chicago include the evolution of the horse, a mythical animals exhibition, and a fascinating exhibit on gold.  
  • Great for Kids: The Chicago Field Museum is filled with hands-on exhibitions directed at kids, and their Family Play Lab gives kids the chance to burn some energy in this South Side Chicago museum.

Inside Knowledge: There are a number of convenient Chicago dining options at the Field Museum in Chicago, including the Corner Bakery which serves hearty sandwiches at cheap prices, as well as a McDonald's Restaurant on-site. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Give it a Few Hours: Give yourself a few hours to walk around the Field Science Museum Chicago - and even then you still won't see everything at this famous natural history museum in Chicago
  • Do Bring Your Camera: Impress your friends with dozens of photos of taxidermy animals in lifelike dioramas, and enjoy a photo-op with the extensive dinosaur collection at the Field Science Museum Chicago.
  • Don't Miss the Mummies: There are over 20 ancient mummies on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, none of which have reportedly come back to life. So far, anyways ... 
  • Don't Skip the Sea Exhibits: With massive whales hanging from the ceiling and dozens of deep sea fish on display, this must-see exhibition at the Field Museum in Chicago will have you thinking twice about jumping in the ocean. 

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Tour Review : Field Museum Chicago


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.35
Location:
4
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
2

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Field Museum Chicago - Don't Spend Your Whole Day Here

I’ve heard people just rave about this place, but I wasn’t as impressed as some of my friends have been. I honestly have to say that if you have to pick just one museum, go with the Museum of Science and Industry. But if you have time, the Field Museum is worth checking out. It’s more for a raining day though. DON’T waste a day of beautiful weather in Chicago by going to a museum.

The coolest part of the museum was by far Sue, the largest fully assembled T-Rex skeleton in the world. It’s very impressive to look at. But it’s right in the main entry way. So I guess technically you could walk in the building just to see that, not pay and then leave. But there are some other things worth your while.

The Egyptian section is the next best part. They have real mummies in coffins which I just find fascinating. I learned a ton in this part of the museum. They allow you to literally walk down in to a tomb that must have been about three or four stories tall. There’s an old Egyptian boat, which is another treasure of the Field Museum.

Another spot not to miss is the dinosaur exhibit where they feature the skeletal remains from a variety of different species. This part also shows the evolution of human beings in to the world. When I was there the rotating exhibit was about whales. It was cool, but a lot smaller then I was expecting. It is interesting to learn the evolution of whales though. Apparently, the first whale walked on land. Bet ya didn’t know that!

Don’t waste you money eating in the cafe at the museum. It’s tasteless and overpriced. Also, there was some sort of funky smell in the entire museum that I just couldn’t quite put my finger on. But I know it wasn’t good. Overall, it’s worth checking out if you have extra time, but don’t spend your entire day here.

Tour Review : Field Museum Chicago


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.35
Location:
4
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Field Museum - Check out Sue

I never considered myself to be a big "museum" guy, but after visiting the Natural History Museum in New York a few years back, I realized that museums are far more interactive and interesting than I remember them being as a kid. While the Field Museum isn't quite on par with the NYC Natural History Museum (in my opinion, anyways), it's still an impressive museum worth visiting - especially if you're traveling with kids.

The exterior of the Field Museum is almost as impressive as the historical collections it holds. The Greek-inspired columns at the entrance, combined with the stone staircase leading up to the Field Museum definitely make you feel like you're about to enter a building of great importance. Also, there's a dinosaur fossil (real or fake, I couldn't tell) on the west end of the building that sets the tone for the museum's atmosphere.

The highlight of the Field Museum experience has to be "Sue" - the world's most complete fossil of a T-Rex. (I'm not quite a dinosaur-nerd, but I'm pretty close.) You can actually find Sue right at the entrance of the museum, and she's seemingly always surrounded by eager photo-takers and tourists. 

The Field Museum exhibit that stuck with me the most was an exhibit on September 11th, 2001, which included never-before-seen photographs and harrowing information from a first-person perspective on the infamous terrorist attacks. There was also the "usual" museum collections and exhibits, including one on Native Americans and another on sea animals and whales in particular.

I saw an area aimed specifically at kids, and if you're looking for a bite to eat, there's a food court with a McDonald's and a deli. (Both were priced-up slightly - I'd wait until after you leave to eat.)

Overall, I spent about 90 minutes in the Field Museum. There were countless things to see and do, and I would specifically recommend the museum for kids. However, adults can learn a lot in the Field Museum as well - I know I did.