Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History was founded in 1893 during the Colombian Exhibition. It was moved to its current location in 1921 and is named for Marshall Field, the museum's first benefactor and retail giant Marshall Field. The magnificent Classical Revival building is located along Lakeshore Drive in Chicago's Museum Campus, along with the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.
The museum has one of the world's best collection of natural history artifacts, with more than 21 million specimens. There is a lot of information about world cultures, including one of North America's best collections of Native American artifacts. Explore a life-size Egyptian tomb, with 5,000 year old hieroglyphics. Meet the famous man-eating lions of Tsavo, who terrorized East Africa and killed as many as 100 railroad workers. See what life is like through the eyes of a bug. The museum's most famous resident is Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton in the world.
Children will love the Field Museum. There's plenty here for adults too, but it's not all that much different than any other good museum of natural history, and of course there are the hordes of school groups that are always visiting to deal with. If you do have kids, you can easily spend half a day here enjoying all the exhibits. There are often interesting special exhibitions and also a 3-D theater, though admission is extra. Parking can get pricey, so take the train. Be sure to check out the store, as there are lots of interesting items for sale.
Address: 1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Telephone: (312) 922 9410
Train: Roosevelt, Museum Campus/11th Street (Metra)
Hours: Open daily 09:00-17:00.
$12.00 Senior (65+)/Student
$10.00 Children (3-11)