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“Great Museum ! Plan to spend the whole day. ”
Review of The Field Museum

The Field Museum
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Field Museum of Natural History Admission
Ranked #9 of 640 things to do in Chicago
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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.
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“Great Museum ! Plan to spend the whole day. ”
Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a great musuem. It has a large section on Egyptian artifacts, Sue the largest T-Rex, a whole dinosaur section, Creatures of Light is very interesting and of course the usual Mammals, Birds, and Reptiles. You can bring your own lunch or eat at the Corner Bakery. There is also a McDonalds but I would not advise eating there my daughter wouldn't eat her fries or chicken nuggets and that has never happened before. Several other people have complained about all the additional costs for exta exhibits however I bought the City Pass and it included all the extra exhibits plus a much shorter line than the regular ticket line.

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Jackson, Miss.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
“Put this on your must list!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Wow. I was sooooo impressed with this place. We started in the lobby with Sue, the biggest, most complete T-rex skeleton ever discovered. Then, we moved on to the Evolution of Earth exhibit. We traced the rise of life on Earth, through continental shifts and mass extinctions. This is the exhibit where you'll find the museum's dinosaur collection, which is one of the most extensive I've ever seen. It's also strikingly presented, alongside beautiful paintings of the creatures as they might have appeared when they lived.

By this time, it was nearly 11 a.m., and we were getting hungry. We stopped for a quick lunch in the museum cafe, which is a Corner Bakery (not ideal, but serviceable). Then, we headed to the Grainger Hall of Gems. O. Em. Geeeee!!! Stunning jewelry and stones. So many glittery little darlings! I wanted to take them all home! We took in the Jade Room, as well, before backtracking to the main level for the Egyptian collection.

Now, the Egyptian collection is impressive, but its narrow passageways and tight spaces make it unsuited for really large crowds. A series of summer camp groups had chosen this particular day to visit the Field Museum, and it was quite a challenge to make one's way through this portion of the museum with any sort of time or focus to truly grasp what you were looking at.

We escaped to the Africa exhibits, which were blissfully deserted. We strolled back to the Tsavo lions (of Ghost in the Darkness fame), which killed 140 men before being dispatched themselves. Yikes! After that, we exited via the Pacific Islander exhibits (again, almost deserted) and headed for the door.

FYI - Though there are several bathrooms throughout the facility, they are small and in need of renovation. In addition, they are sometimes not stocked well. My husband (a germ-phobic) had to go to two of them in search of soap.

All in all, though, you really don't want to miss this place. i could've EASILY spent another couple of days in there.

Visited July 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Private Party Rocks”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

The convention I was attending took over the museum for our celebration. Fantastic to be able to look at all the exhibits while enjoying great food and music. The rock and gem collection was awesome. I would go back again and spend more time looking at the great exhibits.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Fascinating things in there! Must see Sue the biggest T-Rex!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

The Field Museum was just a complete blowout, one of the best museums in the world. It has so many exhibitions that, I swear, you can't finish them all in one day. And making the museum even better, they have the world's largest Tyrannosaurus-Rex dinosaur, Sue named after Susan Hendrickson who discovered her. You should take a look at it if you go to Chicago. And go to the Shedd Aquarium also!

My family really enjoyed the Field Museum, they spent hours going through all the wonderful exhibitions, it's one of the best attractions in Chicago, it's totally a must!

Visited August 2013
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Definitely - Go!”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Field Museum was our favorite activity in Chicago. Something for everyone in the family. You'll need several hours to see everything, and the McDonalds inside is a plus.

Visited August 2013
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