The Field Museum of Natural History

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Wildcat Dianne on November 24, 2006

A beautiful Saturday morning saw the group and I at the Field Museum of Natural History. Designed in the classical style of architecture, this huge museum is the home of many archaeological and historical exhibits dating from prehistoric times. The main reason we came to the Field Museum was to see the King Tut Exhibit that was on display in the museum's lower level. Of course, the place was crowded as hell, and we had to fight more crowds to get to see what we came for. But first, we were herded into a film room to see another History Channel documentary on King Tut that was narrated by "Dr. Zhivago" himself, Omar Sharif. He can leave his shoes under my bed anytime!

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.

After the Tut exhibit, some of us made our way to the Native American Exhibit. Now we're talking my style! I was very impressed with the exhibits of clothing, utensils, and other things used by several Native American tribes before and after the white man's invasion. There wasn't much on Idaho tribes, but there were plenty of exhibits featuring the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes of the Great Plains, and I really enjoyed the model of the Native camp in one of the rooms.

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!

Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60605
(312) 922-9410

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