Chicago feels like the land of giant museums and The Field Museum does not disappoint. Our original plan was do the planetarium in the morning and the Field Museum later the same day since they are convenient to one another. However, the museums were so spectacular we took a whole day at each.
This museum is three levels of mind-blowing exhibits. This first thing you see on entry are two elephants having a spat. Beautiful taxidermy specimens showing a glimpse of what it would be like standing next to one of these magnificent creatures. Just beyond is Sue. The largest and most complete T-Rex ever unearthed. There is nothing quite like standing in the shadows of something so spatially consuming. I am glad I do not walk the earth with this massive predator.
We decided to take a left at Sue and go through the Nature Walk, winding our way through the continents of animals that make up a majority of this floors left side exhibit space. My kids were amazed at the diversity of animals shown in the glass displays. I was amazed at how many the kids recognized and knew about some of their behavioral characteristics. It just proved to me investing in their knowledge with museums/educational trips is paying off. Homeschool for the win!
When snack time rolled around, we went downstairs to the Explorer Café for fruit and a water. Swag picked up a milk. Prices were to be expected with a captive audience. Our total was $13. They sold sandwiches, pizzas, sodas, chips, and desserts as well.
We then made our way to the Egyptian exhibit. I loved this exhibit! The stones made you feel like you were in a tomb… which we were. Stairs allowed you to explore three levels of the stone tomb and let you out on the bottom level of the museum for an extensive display on mummies and Egyptian burials. We loved seeing the pyramid stone, the mud bricks, and the shaduf. Story of the World anyone?
As you can see, my kids were amazed by the mummy diorama. It really was an incredible experience.
Next we visited the children’s play area. It was designed for kids 2-6 but my oldest was still entertained at 8 years old. They sought out woodland animals, wore costumes, explored a mud pueblo and corn garden, dug for and identified dinosaur bones, and made lots of noise in the rhythm room. They definitely had fun and it was a great middle of the day energy expender.
The staff at the Feild Museum were incredible.
We then made our way to the top level to go through the Evolving Planet exhibit. It was interesting. Whether you feel life is a lucky cosmic accident or know the world is divinely created, there is something for everyone to learn in this exhibit. I love the intricacies of fossils and how scientists have extracted clues from such simple specimens. To see the scientific process working at this magnitude is overwhelming.
Even though we spent all day at this museum we still had only completed ½ of the exhibits. We used our limited time to visit the Pawnee earth lodge and learn a little about their customs and culture.
A quick snack at the first floor Field Bistro and it was time to catch a cab back to our hotel.
Don’t miss this museum. It is amazing. And I can say that while only having seen ½ of it at this time. I am ready to plan another trip to Chicago to finish our visit.
Things to remember:
- Get a reciprocal museum membership before visiting to save you money. We have this one.
- Plan to stay for a whole day and take advantage of the 2 food venues inside the museum.
- Parking can add additional costs. Consider a cab or uber.
- This is not a one day museum. Use the helpful volunteer desk to help you plan your visit.