Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Illinois, United States
Phone: +1 (312) 922-9410
closed on: open daily except Christmas Day
Museum Type: Natural history

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, (also known simply as The Field) is one of the most important science museums in the world.

Founded on the occasion of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893, the museum is housed in a large Greek revival building, overlooking Lake Michigan in the Museum Campus area of Chicago, designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White architects.

Like other prominent Natural History museums in the world, the Field’s permanent exhibition covers a broad range of themes, ranging from Paleontology (including the famous Sue Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil, the most complete skeleton of this species of dinosaurs ever found) to Earth sciences, from the history of the life on our planet to geology and minerals, including an exceptional collection of gems, from the conservation of the environment and biodiversity to Genetics.

A distinctive aspect of the Field, as a scientific museum, is the attention it also pays to ethnography and history, with sections dedicated to Ancient Egypt, Pre-Columbian America, Africa, and the Pacific Ocean’s cultures.

The Field Museum of Natural History also organizes temporary exhibitions, educational activities, particularly addressed to children and teens, and special events.
The museum includes a 3-D theater, three stores, a picnic area, and two restaurants.

Photos: cover by HelloMokona (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0), 1 by Edsel Little (CC BY-SA 2.0); 2 by aquiamigo; 3 by Heather Paul

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