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The Field Museum

1400 South Lake Shore Drive | Chicago, IL 60605-2496 | Official website
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Courtesy City of Chicago
  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 U.S. News Travel (4.5)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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This extensive natural history musem occupies half an acre of Grant Park's Museum Campus and houses extensive exhibits showcasing artifacts that span history and the globe, making it a must-see for kids (as well as any fans of the Indiana Jones movies). Some of the most popular parts of the museum include the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibit, which includes a reconstruction of a three-story Egyptian Tomb and interactive representations of life on the Nile, and the Restoring Earth area in the Abbott Hall of Conservation, where visitors can learn more about sustainability through hands-on activities.

But no visit to the Field Museum would be complete without some quality time with Sue, the facility's Tyrannosaurus rex who just happens to be the largest, most complete T-rex ever discovered. Sue is 42 feet long from nose to tail, and she boasts 58 terrifying teeth.

The Field Museum of Natural History is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and many recent visitors recommend devoting an entire day to exploring all that the facility has to offer. General admission is $18 for adults and $13 for children ages 3 to 11. Access to the museum's special exhibits, 3-D theater and Underground Adventure invertebrate exhibit will cost extra; complete access to everything the museum has to offer will cost $31 for adults and $21 for children. If you decide to purchase a Go Chicago Card or a Chicago CityPASS, admission to the Field Museum will be covered in the cost. To get to the museum, take the Green, Orange or Red "L" train to Roosevelt, which is about half a mile due east of the museum entrance. For more information, visit the Field Museum's website.

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