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October 9, 2007
From journal Adventure Doc's wanderings
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 25, 2006
From journal Chicago Weekend
Grants Pass, Oregon
June 23, 2006
What struck me on first entering was the peculiar smell. This enormous building, because it has held so many artifacts from the past, has taken on an ancient aroma to add to its beautiful atmosphere. There was never a moment when this place didn't surprise me in its authenticity.
The exclusives in 2002 were exhibits on the history of pearls and chocolate. Millions of pearls, from a queen's crown and scepter to the crude, unprocessed thing itself lined the walls. Going back to Moctezuma's Mexico to experience the chocolate of then was fascinating. I remember a model cacao tree inside, this being my chief interest as a chocoholic.
Because I am an artist, I particularly loved the stuffed animal gallery, the "Nature Walk". This is a HUGE gallery filled with exotics around the world. Everything to an artists and animal lovers heart is in here.
Exhibits on culture, science, history can all be found in the Field.
From journal Chicago: Heart of Illinois
February 4, 2008
battle creek, Michigan
August 19, 2006
From journal Chicago Field Museum
December 5, 2005
From journal Chicago is Awesome
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
November 9, 2005
From journal Weekend in Chicago
November 2, 2003
Einstein forever changed the way we look at the universe through his insight and creativity. He made us look at light, time, energy and gravity in a different way, making him the most famous scientist of the 20th century. What you forget is that he was not just a brilliant man, but a man with a generous imagination, because it was his imagination which helped him develop these theories.
In addition to understanding his theories, the exhibit also allows the visitor to learn more about Einstein the man. You'll see photographs, personal possessions, letters, multimedia displays and original manuscripts documenting his life. Included in the exhibit is the 1912 document in which Einstein first drafted his special theory of relativity and wrote the famous equation E=MC squared. You get to see the equation written in his own hand.
In addition to being a scientist, Einstein was also a humanitarian and anti-war activist. Born a Jew in Germany, Einstein lived in several countries before moving to the United States. Since he traveled constantly, he truly considered himself a citizen of the world. Einstein used his celebrity status to speak out on global issues including pacifism, racism, anti-Semitism, nuclear disarmament and more.
The letters, notebooks and manuscripts presented in this exhibition include his correspondence with political figures (like Franklin Delano Roosevelt about nuclear research), his diaries and his family letters to his wives.
I suggest purchasing the Curator's Audio Tour for an additional $5.00. The audio tour is narrated by the curator who happens to be an astrophysicst. When he first introduced himself I was concerned that it would be over my head, but he does an excellent job bringing complicated theories down to a layman's level. As you stop along the way to visit pieces of the exhibit, you hear extra information about his personal life and political relationships as well as scientific experts explain Einstein's theories.
The Field Museum also offers several public programs in conjunction with this exhibit. Explore the mysteries of black holes, Einstein's FBI file, and more through dynamic speaker events. The kids can have fun with Einstein's theories in hands-on family workshops.
From journal Chicago: Museum Exhibits during the Fall of 2003
July 9, 2001
There is enough here for an eight hour visit but we had only 2. The other thing I wanted to mention is the extraordinary ancient Egypt exhibit. They actually took a real tomb apart and reassembled it right in the museum. There are lots of artifacts from hieroglyphics on the stone walls to real mummified Egyptians as well as jewelry and furniture. I was amazed by this exhibit but the crowds in the lower level were a real turn off. If you go to the Field Museum, go early and start with the Egyptian temple. Many of the upper level exhibits get scant attention and can be viewed later.
The upper floors house the great jade collection as well as really excellent exhibits on flora, butterflies, meteors, papa New Guinea, Tahiti, precious stones, fossils etc. Lots to see and absorb. Here is a link www.fmnh.org
From journal Chicago "Rules"
August 10, 2003
The museum has occupied its current neo-classical building since 1921. The noted architectural firm Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, completed this building after initial plans were started in 1912 by its predecessor firm, D. H. Burnham and Company. The museum was originally founded as part of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 to display a vast collection of anthropological and biological items. The museum admits to holding over twenty million specimens, hence its ongoing building expansion program.
The grand central hall of the museum, which can be reached via the north or south entrance, rises to a height of 76 feet. The unofficial mascot of today's Field Museum is Sue, the largest and best-preserved T-Rex skeleton to be unearthed. Next on the prominence list is the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibit, with a few mummies and other finds. The central hall also holds a couple of captivating totem poles. Although a bit stiff, the colorful displays of animals and plants from around the world are fun to see for the kids.
Besides McDonald's and Corner Bakery, the museum actually has basement seating that seems to promote self-catering for families and school groups. There are quite a few vending machines, and I imagine you could pack your own picnic lunch if so desired.
The museum's store has a colorful assortment of items for sale.
From journal Bill at home in CHICAGO - Activities