I love Natural History Museums. So going to The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago was high on my must-see list. This museum was constructed for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and houses some truly unique exhibits, including the Tsavo Lions and Sue the T. Rex. My roommate, Gina, and I made the 3-hour trip down to Chicago to see all it had to offer.
After driving through tolls (ugh), downtown Chicago (double ugh), and paying an exorbitant amount for parking (triple ugh!), we entered the Field Museum. There is a two-story central hall in the middle of the building and an east and a west wing that break off of this. After getting our tickets (we opted for general admission), we started exploring immediately.
Our first stop is Sue the T.Rex. This is the most complete T.Rex discovered to date. Her skull is so massive (like 600 pounds) that it can’t be mounted on her body. It’s upstairs on the second level just above where her body is.
We then went through the exhibits Hall of Conservation and Restoring the Earth and Traveling the Pacific. Both were interesting, but not the stars of the show. Though, in Traveling the Pacific the exhibit showed Pacific islands forming from hot spots in the earth’s crust and slowly degrade from islands to atolls to nothing. So cool!
We walked over to the other side of the building and went through the exhibit called Evolving Planet. Both Gina and I agreed this was one of our favorite exhibits, especially the dinosaur hall. The last picture you see in the skeleton of Lucy, which I wasn’t expecting to see at all, so I was very happy!
We got hungry around this time, and we went downstairs to get at the Explorer Café. There is another restaurant on the main level, but it was very busy. It was much less busy downstairs and there was outdoor seating, which was refreshing. I would suggest going down there if you are at the Field.
We then went upstairs to Inside Ancient Egypt. We got to go into a room that had panels from a tomb found in Egypt, which was so interesting. And then we went downstairs to see multiple real mummies and other artifacts from ancient Egypt.
Then we went to what is probably my favorite place ever: the Hall of Birds. There is a taxidermied version of so many different kinds of birds. I was so engrossed in it that I only took two pictures, but I looked at every single specimen. I think Gina was a little tired out by it in the end but endured it because I was so in love.
The last place we stopped at was the Tsavo Lion display. In the picture above, it details exactly what the Tsavo lions did. Both Gina and I had been wanting to see them since we listened to an episode about them from Stuff We Missed In History Class. Fun fact: they were made into rugs after they were killed and so they were even bigger in real life.
After this we decided to go home, it had been a long day. Overall, we loved the Field Museum! It was all extremely interesting and well put together. If we could do it again, I think we would have started with the Mammals of Africa and Asia that was near the birds and worked our way up. I also would have loved to see the Maori Meeting House that we just plain missed on our way past it.
If you are ever in Chicago please go visit the Field. It’s awesome! It’s also close to the Shedd Aquarium and Soldier Field, which I would both love to see. If you have any suggestions or your own stories, please tell me in the comments or on my social media!