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“Great Egyptian Collection!”
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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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“Great Egyptian Collection!”
Reviewed June 19, 2006

I traveled from Canada to Chicago just to visit this museum and was not disappointed. Their permenant Egyptian collection was unbelievable from their incredible 23 human mummies and ancient boat, to their reconstruction of 2 different tombs. I found their presentations to be interesting and thrilling.

I also visited the King Tut and was not disappointed. However, I can understand how some people can be, if they aren't aware of exactly what they are paying to see. All of the bigger finds of King Tut are not present - they are still in Egyot were I doubt they will ever leave. This is understandable because on the previous exhibit a piece of an artifact was damaged - these are rare and important pieces for history in terms of Egyptian history, Egyptologists, and archeaologists. My impression is that the mummy mask that is being promoted is in fact the face of the coffinette which IS displayed. I was extremely impressed how they presented the wooden bust of King Tut - between the music, lighting, and build up, it was great! All the pieces displayed were worthy of the hype, in my opinion. I would definitelty recommend this exhibit to one and all!

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“Unless you really like canopic jars”
Reviewed June 12, 2006

I just went to the King Tut exhibit today - very disappointing. The famous, big, gold coffin that the museum is using to advertise this exhibit - the big banner on the front of the building, the t-shirts, the shopping bags, the brochures - is NOT HERE. None of the big important pieces from Tut's tomb are here. There is one large gold coffin, but it's not Tut's. Not worth the hype or the $25 to get in.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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“If you are expecting to see Tut...”
Reviewed June 9, 2006

I went to the Field to see Tut and while the exhibit has a fair amount of artifacts very little of the exhibit is actually what I expected. The presentation is done well and the audio commentary by Omar Sharif is a definite plus. The permanent display about Egypt in the basement has as many artifacts as the Tut exhibit but it has less gold than the Tut.
The rest of the museum is not exceptional by any means. It is average at best. The T-Rex Sue is impressive but it is the only dino that is at this museum taht can be seen without an additional fee. (There may be more in the evloving planet but display but it appeared to require an additional ticket.) There are many displays that are old and in need of maintenance. If you need an elevator be prepared to wait since it only has one that is presently functioning and I never saw anyone utilize it despite the staff saying that it did function.
I had never been before but my wife who grew up near Chicago feels like it is not the museum that it was back in the 70's.

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“Pretty dull - and watch out for the school groups”
Reviewed May 28, 2006

I visited on a Wednesday, and while there were a few areas that I found interesting, overall it was kind of dull. Unfortunately it wasn't quiet - there were quite a few school groups there with the younger children making a lot of noise, and the older ones almost as bad. Any attempt to visit an exhibit while a school group was doing so was futile - they swarmed around, pushing to the front and making lots of noise.

I most enjoyed the native American exhibit, particularly the Pawnee Earth Lodge. This was only open for a brief time during my visit, but was the most interesting to me. One of the staff gives a talk, and answers any questions. Everything is "touchable" and you're encouraged to sit on the skins/rugs while listening to the talk.

A number of areas were closed off getting ready for new exhibits such as the Tutankhamun one, and the brochure/map gave full details of these "not yet open" ones, just emphasising that I was seeing dull, normal exhibits, and not the most interesting ones which would be opening soon.

If you've been to any other major natural history museum, and there isn't a visiting exhibition that you especially want to see, I'd give this a miss. And if you go on a weekday, be prepared for lots of noisy school groups.

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shelby township Michigan
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“Where's the King?”
Reviewed May 28, 2006

"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs" just opened May 26 at the Field Museum of Chicago and will run through January 01,2007. Having missed the last King Tut exhibition in 1972 my wife & I decided to travel from Michigan to Chicago for the Memorial Day weekend and see the king..We ordered our tickets a month in advance and anxiously awaited the day to come...On May 27 at 12:30 pm we were one of thousands prepared to file through the exhibit. At this point in time they had allready sold 200,000 advanced tickets so we were looking forward to quite a thrill.The presentation at first was great,you climbed the stairs to the exhibit site,as if you're walking up the stairs to the tomb itself. Once inside you have 11 seperate galleries of artifacts to go through as well as a short movie about Howard Carter and the history of the finding of the tomb. Audio headphones were made available for a price to help guide you through the treasures inside. Most of the artifacts in the galleries were displayed helter-skelter around each gallery,so that instead of their being an orderly progression past each one, everybody just wandered around each gallery pushing and shoving to see what they could see. Even though this was a "timed" event, just so many people allowed in each 1/2 hour, they still crowded you together elbow-to-elbow so that it was difficult to enjoy the event. As you progress through each gallerey you see different trinkets from the tomb, including parts of the head piece from the king and his golden dagger, but there was no part of King Tuts actual mummy, not even a funeral mask or mummy case from the actual tomb.They did have a full mummy case from someone they "think" might have been his grandmother...very disappointing! Would not recommend to anyone.

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