During a visit to Chicago in July 06 we had pre-purchased tix to the Field Museum, anxious to see the King Tut exhibit. We thought the Tut exhibit was OK, at best, but as many other people have pointed out, it was quite a letdown at the end that they had very little from King Tut. Rather than his coffin, they had an image of his coffin projected on a slab. I really thought the end of the exhibit was really cheesy, and very disappointing. However, that was nothing compared to the Field Museum itself. My girlfriend had wanted to see the Field for years, having heard all kinds of great things. It was a HUGE disappointment. It's a huge building, and the center of the building is this large expanse of open space with nothing in it except the dinosaur skeleton, which was ok. The rest of the museum is broken up into various exhibits - Africa, Ancient Egypt, gems and jewels, etc. Most of the exhibits were rife with fake items or replicas rather than the real thing. And, they had many, many stuffed animals in glass displays with cheesy backdrops that looked very amateurish. Basically, when you were looking at something it got to the point you didn't know if it was real or fake until your read the info around it, and there was so much fake stuff it really detracted - it was like - what's the point!! On one display were looking at with a bunch of jewels - Hope Diamond and other stones, we happened to notice a plate at the bottom that read - all these are fake, we bought the entire set for $800.!!!! Why bother - what was the point of that??? We finally got the point we couldn't wait to leave, and we were so disappointed we decided not to visit any other Chicago museums until we checked them out further. Another thing was how poorly maintained the building is. As we were leaving we walked around the outside on the west side, and all the stones in the walkway around the building had weeds coming up between the stones - kinda reminded us of the delapidated buildings depicted in "Logan's Run"!!! It was really a shocking surprise. It wasn't as bad inside, but it still wasn't as pristiine as we expected a Chicago museum to be. I would strongly advise people to skip this unless you just want a good laugh. We will also not make the mistake of going to a museum again when school's out - the kids were overrunning the place, and were quite poorly behaved.
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