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December 21, 2006
From journal Sentimental, Haunting Chicago
by Wildcat Dianne
November 24, 2006
After the film, we were herded into the exhibit itself. No photography was allowed, so the cameras had to go away for the time being. The exhibit showed many artifacts dating from King Tut's time and gave detailed facts of their use. Most of the exhibits were found in the early 20th Century in King Tut's tomb by archaeologists and were sent to museums all over the world. There was a tomb in the exhibit, but it was of one of Tut's relatives. Most of us were disappointed that it wasn't the tomb of Tut himself.
The exhibit was too crowded with people listening to audio tapes of the exhibits, and it was hard for speed readers like me or others to maneuver through the exhibit. Since Ancient Egypt isn't my cup of tea, I made my way quickly through the exhibit and went and took a break outside afterwards.
The Field Museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm and admissions go from $12 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors. There are special exhibits through the year along with free admission days. The King Tut Exhibit was a big disappointment, but don't miss the Native American Exhibit!
From journal The Big Onion - Chicago
October 31, 2006
From journal Getting Together in Chicago
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"
January 24, 2001
1.) enter the lifesize tomb of a pharaoh on the main floor and wind your way through narrow passages before you enter the lower level and the 23 mummies who live here. Enter the marketplace of that time for fun activities, such as printing your own name in hieroglyphics.
2.) Maori House of the ancestors - located in the upper level of the Pacific Island collection. The Field museum began it's collections at a time of imperialistic abuses of other cultures which allowed them to put together an amazing amount of material but in a rather unethical way. This spiritual house was "bought" in exchange for glass bead necklaces. In the museum's honor, they went back to the Maori several years ago, and offered to return the house. The Maori's elders realized that the house has been used wisely in the purpose of education as well as celebrations of weddings and funerals that have been held in the museum. After serious reflection, they asked that the ancestors house remain to guide US in a better understanding of THEM. ( with the eyes of their ancestors watching, of course.)
3.) Lions of Tsavo- located main floor-Africa. Remember the movie "Ghost of the Darkness" ? Well, these two lions are the real maneatters featured in that movie. There was a hunter brought by the railroad to Africa to kill them, where they ended up as rugs for awhile. A recent examination has found the reason WHY they ate humans. It appears that these blokes had a bad case of gum disease, and human skin was easier to pull apart than...let's say...rhino skin.
4.) FREE tours offered by volunteers from the information
desk at 11 and 2 during the week, and 11 and 1 on weekends.
From journal My Kind of Town
July 26, 2006
From journal A Vacation in Chicago
July 7, 2006
From journal Long Windy Weekend in Chicago
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
November 2, 2003
Gary Braasch is the nationally recognized photographer who documented the effects on the Earth's slowly increasing temperatures. The result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide and other heat traps gases in the atmosphere and causes global warming. The exhibition features over 30 beautiful images which demonstrate the impact of the climate change on the icy landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic. Their inhabitants, including polar bears, caribou, penguins, and humans are also photographed.
While we all know about the effects of global warming, they do not hit home too often because they affect places so far away. There are photos of fjords which have receded hundreds of feet from where they were only 30 years ago. We see the pictures of penguins that keep coming to the same nesting ground due to years of habit. These grounds are no longer good for their eggs and are covered with snow. The penguins lay their eggs in the snow anyway and the eggs never hatch.
You can expect to learn a few things as well. One interesting fact I learned was about some beetles that destroy trees. Since the weather is not as cold as it used to be, their larvae live longer and are not killed off by the cold. These larvae grow into beetles and have destroyed the trees in the region.
I love the pictures of the animals and land that are exhibited. Reading the captions, you wonder how many more years these environments will be around.
From journal Chicago: Museum Exhibits during the Fall of 2003
The photographs document the inspiring story of the of the Panara Indians who live in the rainforests of Brazil. The Panara had little contact with the industrialized world when they were approached by the Villas Boas brothers, two men hired by the Brazilian government in its efforts to clear the path for a Transamazonian highway. This contact with new people exposed them to their diseases and consequently, the Panara population dropeed to 50% in about three years. In 1973, the surviving members were relocated from the forests to a reservation, where they tried unsuccessfully to rebuild their way of life.
Two decades later, some of the Panara discovered that a portion of their original territory was not destroyed to develop the highway, and was still covered with forests. After a landmark court battle, the Panara were allowed to reclaim the rights to 1.2 million acres of their rainforest homeland. They returned to build a new village and begin again, while facing challenges of the newer generation who were not accustomed to the remote lifestyle.
The photographs of Pedro Martinelli tell the Panara story. In his black and white photographs, Martinelli captured the civilized world's first glimpse of the Panara (including pictures from that first meeting), their decimation from disease, the anguish of forced relocation, and the hope that came with the return to their beloved homeland. The writing next to each photograph is very thorough and explains the situation in detail.
The range of pictures involved is varied. The exhibit starts out with pictures of the workers clearing the forests for the highways. At this point, no contact with the Panara had been made. The men left clotheslines strung up with various gifts including food and other items. The Panara took the items, but no one ever saw them. The first time the men saw the Panara was from a plane flying over their village. The Panara shot arrows at the plane and you can see pictures of this event. The Panara were worried that they were found and moved away and burned their village to the ground.
There is also a film at the end of the exhibit which recaps the experience and contains interviews with some of the people involved.