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The Field Museum

The Field Museum

History Museum
Museum Campus, Chicago
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    jaimie lee m.
    "Make sure you see the mummy exhibit, it's pretty awesome!"(10 Tips)
    "Dinosaurs, cultural artifacts and beautiful building by the lake."(25 Tips)
    Michael C.
    "The Hall of Gems and the History of Earth are amazing."(5 Tips)
    Ivan G.
    "Ancient Egypt exhibit has a great collection!"(5 Tips)
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  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyJuly 11, 2016
    The Chicago Field Museum is one of the best museums in the world. Plan to spend an entire day here as there is so much to see! My favorite exhibits are the NW Pacific tribes and Evolving Planet.
    Upvoted Jan 19
  • Jan K.heart icon on user image
    Jan KuldaMay 31, 2015
    Buying the family membership was most economical for our family of 6, even though we only intended to visit for 1 day! Bonus: it is good for 13 months and for many museums across the nation!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    The Field Museum is a must-see for anyone who could be interested in just about anything. Choose a topic, and chances are you could learn about it here. The dinosaur skeletons are truly spectacular. Read more
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • Abdulrahman A.heart icon on user image
    Very big Museum, humans & animals history, so many areas to explore, huge building, free of charge, close to Chicago Downtown. Convenient to get a car or taxi here. Very recommended place to visit.
  • Aimee R.heart icon on user image
    Aimee RobertsAugust 17, 2018
    Ticket prices are fairly expensive, try to get a Groupon or City Pass ahead of time. There's so much to see and do! Make sure to get there early and set aside plenty of time!
  • Jonathan P.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan PayneOctober 2, 2018
    One of the largest, most comprehensive museums around. They have different exhibitions happening all the time. You can spend all day here and only see a fraction of what they have.
  • Abdulrahman A.heart icon on user image
    Very big Museum, humans & animals history, so many areas to explore, huge building, free of charge, close to Chicago Downtown. Very convenient to get a car or taxi here.
  • Lauren B.heart icon on user image
    Lauren BassJuly 15, 2017
    I loved the dinosaur/ancient fossils exhibits, and the tattoo exhibit was so cool! I wouldn't bother with ancient Egypt though, it was really short and mostly just pottery.
  • Rachel S.heart icon on user image
    Rachel StarksMay 25, 2015
    My favorite exhibits here where the Vikings and Evolution. Sue was cool to see but that's about all I really liked about the museum. Like a mini American Museum of Natural History.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Dinosaurs, pyramids, cave paintings, sharks - if you don't like the Field Museum then you must've never been a kid. Home to extensive assortment of magical displays highlighting all facets of history. Read more
  • Zondra P.
    Zondra PointerMarch 12, 2015
    Had a wonderful experience visiting all of the exhibits at the Field museum. So much to see! Be sure to arrive when it opens at 9am to ensure you have time to see it all. Great for all ages!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMarch 31, 2014
    Established in 1893 to house collections from the Chicago Worlds Fair, it is one of the largest Natural History museums in the world. Must see: Sue, the most complete and well-preserved T-Rex to date.
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissDecember 8, 2014
    We've been here 4.5 hours and barely scratched the surface. An absolutely excellent museum - probably the best I've been to. Only the Newseum in DC comes close. Don't miss this if you are in Chicago
  • Laura M.heart icon on user image
    Laura M.May 6, 2018
    This museum is huge. Be sure to come right when it opens because you will need the full day. Sue is not fully on display right now but you can peak in on where she is being stored.
  • Natasha S. A.
    Natasha S. AlfordSeptember 2, 2014
    Breakfast bistro on the main floor is delicious and a great deal! Full pancake, egg, meat combo for only 7 bucks. Ken is a great chef too. :)
    Upvoted Dec 8, 2023
  • Colin N.heart icon on user image
    Colin NelsonJanuary 24, 2016
    A Chicago staple! You have to come here if you have a few hours to spare. Great for kids and families. Take a picture with Sue the TRex!
  • Matt H.heart icon on user image
    Matt HecklerFebruary 19, 2015
    If you want to see everything at this museum and actually take the time to appreciate everything, you will need several days to wander and enjoy. Not the best place for a quick visit.
  • Toria L.heart icon on user image
    Toria LAugust 29, 2014
    Lots to see in this beautiful museum! The Evolving Earth exhibit is where the dinosaurs are & though the level of information is for about middle school, you're still sure to learn a lot!
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionOctober 31, 2011
    Fun fact: The museum collections contain over 21 million specimens! Our favorite exhibit is the Grainger Hall of Gems, which features more than 300 diamonds and gems from around the world.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaAugust 28, 2014
    This has a really large collection. From animals, plants, cultural exhibits. Take your time with the exhibits and with the people watching.
  • Mark K.heart icon on user image
    Mark KinsleyFebruary 13, 2015
    One of my favorite museums! But don't come hungry -- they've replaced the Corner Bakery and McDonald's with high-priced, very low quality "Museum Cafe" food.
  • Jonathan F.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan FerreraMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Field Museum has a large amount of exhibits, you'd need two days to go through everything. Their animal and plant exhibits should not be missed. Also, their special exhibits are indeed special.
  • Eduardo M.heart icon on user image
    Eduardo MetingerFebruary 21, 2015
    The museum is really amazing and really big!!! If you want to see everything, needs arrive too early in the morning and be willing to walk! But is truly beautiful
  • Sheart icon on user image
    SSeptember 24, 2013
    If you enter on the side where the bus stop is, for soldier field - make sure you go out the front side with the big field musuem sign. Great photo opportunities there of the city!
  • Marcel E.heart icon on user image
    Marcel EJuly 19, 2015
    This is the second best museum of natural history in the U.S. The best attraction is the T-Rex Sue. If you're here make sure you visit the aquarium next door.
  • Ron H.heart icon on user image
    Ron HubersApril 3, 2013
    Such a great museum! Get the membership and split up your visit over a couple of days. There is so much to see, you'll be exhausted if you try to take it all in, in one day!
  • Kaso A.heart icon on user image
    Kaso Awesome TimeNovember 28, 2014
    The best taxidermy exhibit ever, which is not something I say a lot! Also, the "Machine Inside" exhibit was very cool!
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannAugust 11, 2019
    Gigantic museum of natural history and anthropology. Could and should easily spend a full day. Annoying that they make you pay extra for some exhibits, but well worth it.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LegastoMay 17, 2016
    One of the most comprehensive and entertaining museums in the world. Exhibit of the terracotta warriors of especially good.
  • Cole T.heart icon on user image
    Cole TAugust 26, 2017
    Probably one of the best museum experiences I have ever had. Between the Africa exhibit, the mammals of Asia, evolution of life & the remains of Sue: a truly unforgettable experience. A++.
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    SSeptember 24, 2013
    Leave yourself plenty of time to go here because there is so much cool stuff. Don't miss the evolution exhibit, the dinosaurs were so interesting. And thr giant sloth!
  • Bill T.heart icon on user image
    Bill TobinNovember 29, 2018
    Wonderful event held here during RSNA giving us full access to the museum. Awesome experience!
  • Joseph B.heart icon on user image
    Joseph B.February 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The architecture of the great hall is stunning by itself, but the rest of the museum easily deserves a visit at least once. The special exhibits can be hit or miss.
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissJuly 2, 2015
    If you are here for Fare Thee Well, you must go see Everything is Dead. Plus, this is about the best museum you could ever visit. Worth every penny.
  • Krazy For Pets
    Krazy For PetsApril 10, 2012
    Fun for all!! Save your money by get a package deal and to avoid being in a line. Make sure you're in your comfortable shoes because to get the best out of this place, you'll walk a lot!
  • Analise B.
    Analise BluemelMay 8, 2013
    Make sure you come here with a desire to learn and tons of time! Wicked cool exhibits. Very interactive and well done. Egyptian exhibit was hands down my favorite.
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    The museum was incorporated in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago, but the name was changed in 1905 to Field Museum of Natural History to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences.
  • Blanca G.
    Blanca G.February 28, 2017
    This is an exhibit that changes every few months and make history a lot more fun for individuals to learn. This is a place where the brain gets to learn new facts.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CDecember 12, 2015
    You need a few days to get though this fantastic natural history museum. The Hall of Gems and the History of Earth are amazing.
  • Kay B.heart icon on user image
    Kay BurnettJanuary 8, 2016
    The China exhibit is fab! Great context + great deep dive via electronic displays at each station. Best background info I've ever seen.
  • Andrew W.heart icon on user image
    Andrew WhiteDecember 2, 2015
    I live this museum. Great permanent exhibits as well as rotating ones. I loved the recent Vikings, voodou and China exhibits
  • Cindrew G.
    Cindrew GanMay 20, 2014
    it will be great if u like history , and looking at dead stuff. there's a basic , discovery and all access pass. I took the basic and it took me more than 3 hours to view everything!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    The Field Museum was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Dion M.heart icon on user image
    Dion MMarch 17, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    All of the exhibits here are amazing. Definitely check out the special exhibits, they are always worth the time.
  • Cheryl L.heart icon on user image
    Cheryl LindstromJanuary 30, 2015
    The exhibits are all fantastic. You could easily spend two days there without seeing it all.
  • Megan L.
    Megan LamboleyJune 16, 2013
    The bioluminescence special exhibition going on right now is well worth the additional cost. Probably the best exhibition I have seen in a long time.
    DHR.comSeptember 12, 2011
    Here, you'll meet Sue, the best-preserved T-Rex specimen ever found! Other interesting stuff here are: a wide taxidermy collection, Egyptian artifacts, and a monograph series (Fieldiana).
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LaytonApril 6, 2021
    So many things to see it will easily take your whole day to see everything. One of the greatest museum in the Chicago.
  • Debbie W.heart icon on user image
    Debbie WMarch 24, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Dinosaur exhibits are great; but there is so much more. Make sure to check out there temporary traveling exhibits!
  • Josh J.
    Josh JamourJune 19, 2012
    Great way to spend your afternoon. They have free wifi in the cafe and if your lucky you'll be able to snag a power outlet if you need to charge your cell
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