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“Great museum but be aware of special exhibits!”
Review of The Field Museum

The Field Museum
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Field Museum of Natural History Admission
Ranked #9 of 642 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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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 young children, Activities for older children
Royal Oak, Michigan
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great museum but be aware of special exhibits!”
Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

We came for the day having visited in the past. So we knew that the variety in collections was incredible and were excited to see "Creatures of Light" bioluminescence exhibit. It was a paid exhibit on top of the entry fee. What we did not know was that it was plastic models, lights and text bubbles. It was pretty pricey for a display that left us completely disappointed!! The ONLY redeeming part of the show were fish (real live fish) with glowing eyes in a small dark tank. Toddlers may like the large sets and props but we would have enjoyed documentary footage over this. Lucky we started here and moved out to see the wonders that the museum holds in its permanent collection!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“love this place”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Adults or children, this place is fantastic! You can spend hours and hours and get lost in all the exhibits. We have been several times now with different sets of people and everyone truly enjoys the displays and the vast accumulation of artifacts.

Visited December 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This was an awesome place to visit. We really enjoyed everything we saw - I only wish we spent more time in it (we arrived pretty late and close to closing time). You would need a few hours to really appreciate everything and get to go around and read all the write-ups, so plan ahead of time. Actually - depending on how in-depth you want to be in absorbing all the things on display - you might even need more than one day.

Sue, the best-preserved T-Rex in the world, is in Field Museum - make sure to take lots of pictures! She was the highlight for us, but there were many other things to see.

This is a sight to see for all, especially for kids.

Visited January 2013
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Itasca, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Treasure in Chicago”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Chicago's Field Museum is an absolute Treasure and ya just gotta come see for yourself!! You'll be greeted by "Sue" and thereafter wander from room to room at your leisure. The soup or chili in a breadbowl may exceed all your lunch expectations. This cozy comfortable museum is a real history book going all the way back to when people learned how to make fire. You don't need to go overseas to see the great pyramids, there's a replica right inside. Although the entrance fee is nominal, be prepared to put out a few more dollars for the special exhibits. Bring the kids, grandma and grandpa and anyone else who wants to see something great in this large sprawling city.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“The Field's Columbian Fair Exhibit an Expensive Letdown”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Yes, the Field Museum overall is a wonderful place, but for those lured there by the big hype about it's special exhibit it is a disappointment. The price to get into the miniscual exhibit and bus tour is $47. The bus tour Docent had a wealth of info but the tour stopped just once to look at the back of the Museum of Science and Industry, then circled back to the Field in less than an hour. Never went to the Midway Plaissance. or other areas. The indoor exhibit incudes a "movie" which shows a still 1893 background with a few moving figures "photoshopped" in the foreground. Very weird and lacked historical or educational value.

Visited November 2013
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