See 4.6 billion years under one roof
See a dinosaur. Get up close to a mummy. Put your questions to a research scientist. The Field Museum is one of the world’s leading science and natural history museums, and there’s so much to do while you’re here. From journeying through 4 billion years of life on earth to seeing what it’s like to be a bug, you’ll be spoilt for choice. So make sure you hop off here on your Chicago Bus Tour.
The museum originally began life following the World’s Columbian Exposition, which was held in Chicago in 1893. There were so many exhibits that no one knew what to do with them afterwards. So someone suggested that they form a museum. The rest is history. Natural history.
See ancient Egypt
There are 23 human mummies on display here, and plenty of mummified animals too. You can peek into an Egyptian tomb and see 5,000-year-old hieroglyphs. And don’t miss the shrine to the cat warrior goddess, Sekhmet.
Meet a Rex named Sue
Every natural history museum should have a dinosaur skeleton or two, and The Field Museum doesn’t disappoint. The Tyrannosaurus Rex here is called Sue. She’s said to be the largest, most complete and best preserved T-Rex ever unearthed, and stands 3.6 meters (11.8 feet) high.
Other interesting facts about The Field Museum:
- It contains 24 million specimens
- The library here has over 275,000 books
- The Department of Education offers classes, field trips and even overnight events for families
- The fish collection is one of the largest in the world