"Natural History and Native History at it's best" Field Museum of Natural History Tip by Toughluck

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago: 69 reviews and 133 photos


So, I'll get back by November. Maybe November a year later. Aside from my slowness, this is the best museum in the midwest and possible the entire country for Natural History, including Native Americans. It's been a few years, but there are several exhbits that are worth finding.

First: The Dinosaur exhibit. It's in the northeast corner of the building. Full size replicas, with samples of the habitat that probably existed at that time. It includes two levels, with a ramp that lets you look down on the scenes and be at the same level as the larger beasts. There are explanations of fossils and palenentolgy (sp?). It's wonderful.

Second: The other exhibit is further down the hall to the south. It's the native American, i.e., the Indian; exhibits. Laided out by cultural groups (not necessarily the same as tribal groups), you'll find the Plains Indians to be the very interesting. Partly because this is where the American architype for an Indian comes from. Feathered war bonnet, horse riding, buffalo hunting, etc. Also because, there is an earthlodge* constructed in the gallery. You can go inside an see how the Hidasa and Arikara people lived.

Third:* There's Sue. This is back at the dinosaur hall, second floor. The largest T-Rex discovered. The skull and the story of the discovery are here. There is also a lab where you can watch the scientist cleaning and examining the fossils.

Address: 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr
Phone: 312.922.9410
Website: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 6, 2010
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