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“Not overly impressed”
Review of The Field Museum

The Field Museum
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of America's premier natural history museums, the Field's "Live over Time" exhibit now houses "Sue," the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Washington, DC
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“Not overly impressed”
Reviewed July 2, 2011

A lot of out of date and broken exhibits. Bring your own food cause the whole Panera Bread thing is a joke.

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Hooks, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2011

If you are into dinosaurs this is the place for you, other than that it just seemed like a huge area with not much in it. We ate at the Corner Bakery located on the main floor. Lunch-$50.00. you can probably see all you want to see in 2 to 3 hours time easily.

Visited June 2011
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Cary, NC
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“Fantastic Educational Day-Trip”
Reviewed June 19, 2011

We enjoyed a day at the Field Museum with children ages 12 and 9. We visited on a "free" day (though our membership at our local science museum had reciprocal rights at the Field) but chose to purchase the "additional" package. It was $10 for one additional item or $17 for all four add-ons ($12 for kids).

The extra exhibits included: a whales exhibit traveling from New Zealand (I thought we'd love it, but found a lack of new/interesting info and not enough interactive things--I'd give it a 4 out of 10);

a 3-D movie on the finding of Sue, the world's largest/most complete T-Rex fossil which is exhibited at the Field (it was interesting but had some intense cartoon sections of dinosaurs fighting/eating each other--scary for young viewers maybe ages 6 and under--it was informative and worth $4 but not $10)--a rating of 6 out of 10

an exhibit on the Underground world of plants and insects--more interactive and interesting for elementary aged kids (again worth $4 not $10)--we'd give it a 6 out of 10 rating

an exhibit on horses--I didn't think we'd really enjoy this one as we're not big horse fans, but it actually had a wide variety of different historical facts about horses which were very interesting to all of us--I'd give it an 8 out of 10.

The museum had a McDonald's with reasonable prices in the basement as well as some vending machines and outdoor tables if you want to bring a picnic lunch. Lots and lots of gift shops--one for every type of exhibit.

Our best part of the museum was a free tour guided by a volunteer docent, Ruthann. The Egyptian exhibit is one of the best in the world, with an actual room from a Pharoah's son's tomb, mummies, and many treasures. It was educational and fascinating for everyone in our group. It and Sue, the T-Rex, were the highlights of the museum and the two things to see if you are limited in time.

They also had an amazing South Pacific exhibit with thousands of items and a very informative African exhibit as well.

They have a Discovery Playroom which is great for preschool/early elementary kids as they pretend to pick corn and to grind it in an adobe home. It's only open limited hours (not every day of the week either).

The museum is within walking distance of the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium. It's easily reached by city bus or the water taxi ferry.

It is an expensive outing (esp. if you pay for parking)--check your local science museum to see if a membership is reciprocal and might be less expensive than one day's cost of entrance fees. Ours was also good at the Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Visited June 2011
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Saint Peters, Missouri
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“Great Museum!”
Reviewed June 19, 2011

Great museum, but be warned...it is MUCH bigger than it looks! You WILL do a lot of walking, so be prepaired. There is a lot to see and do, and the staff seemed frieldly. Would do again.

Visited July 2010
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“For a non-natural history museum person--it is terrific”
Reviewed June 16, 2011

A natural history museum, all those dead animals...was always my last favorite place to go. But the Field is truly more than dead animals. A shoe collection from around the world, awesome pre-Hispanic Indigenous display, earth history with dinosaurs, and currently--temporarily, whales and horses. Loved the whales. People friendly and place near many other sites--Adler and Shedd. Great day in the city. Though pricey, isn't everything--we went on a free day. So check out website and plan luckily.

Visited June 2011
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