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The Field Museum

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South Loop
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Address: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2827
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+1 312-922-9410
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

One of America's premier natural history museums, the Field's "Live...

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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Fun morning at the Field Museum

Similar to most any other natural history museum- fun for all ages- choose to take your time or get in, see the priority exhibits, and get out in a couple hours. The unique parts... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2016
Amy W
New Philadelphia, Ohio
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New Philadelphia, Ohio
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

Similar to most any other natural history museum- fun for all ages- choose to take your time or get in, see the priority exhibits, and get out in a couple hours. The unique parts for me were the Ghost and the Darkness lions, which were the goal of the visit since I read the books many years ago. I also... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

We only had a couple hours before having to go to the ballpark for an afternoon game and chose to not see any special exhibits. We went through the "old school" stuffed animal exhibits and while I find it more of a depressing diorama of death it was very cool to step into the past of this historic museum. The... More 

Thank tredram
Ann Arbor, MI
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

The Terracotta Army exhibition was fascinating and educational. The other exhibits are well laid out and engaging.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

We went to see the Lions of Tsovo (since watching the movie numerous times) and it was a pleasant surprise to see the Terracotta Warriors were on display. My son had seen these in China 17 years ago and brought me back a kneeling warrior statue so it was wonderful to be able to see these for myself. It is... More 

Thank Pembina
London, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Quite big so expect to be there most of the day. I've been to a lot of museums and this had a lot of the same kinds of stuff you would expect in most museums. All nice stuff but there was nothing that absolutely wasn't available anywhere else. If you are the museum going type, check out the special exhibits... More 

Thank ladyjanedoe
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Sue, the largest t-Rex, was a huge hit with our group of 5 boys, ages 9-13. Great exhibits, both hands on and visual. We were able to get guest passes via the reciprocity program.

Thank sapoypato
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 May 2016

We went here to enjoy out time in Chicago. We were glad we did. There were so many things to see. Animals, the Egypt stuff when they had it. We would go back again.

Thank Louis M
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

Our main reason for visiting the Field Museum using our City Pass was to see SUE. However, once we got to the museum, we realized there was much more there we wanted to see and experience, but we didn't have much time. This is easily a place we could have spent at least half a day. We liked this place... More 

Thank Taylor G
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Do NOT pay extra for the underground adventure. They "pretend " to shrink you and then you go through areas that are supposed to represent what soil looks like to something ant-size or smaller. It was fake looking and boring. My husband and son went through a couple other exhibits but were not impressed. We were all bored and after... More 

Thank Stefanie L
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Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

This place is so big, if you are the type of person that likes to read every plaque etc, it will take you a month or more. It took us a few hours of basically nonstop walking just to get through most of this place, didn't even see it all. Terracotta warriors was cool. Would definitely come again, best attraction... More 

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