The Field Museum

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by nmagann on December 21, 2006

The IgoUgo group met at The Field Museum to see Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit. Glass display cases housed a variety of King Tut’s unearthed antiquities. Becoming a king at the age of 9, dying at 19, family tree origins unknown, and little history under his reign, King Tut is widely know for his mass of treasures.

There were statues and figurines of various deities carved from stones and fashioned out of metals. Many were the body of the god, but the face of King Tut. Ornately carved jewelry and headwear were also on display. Large items like furniture and tombs required lengthy scrutiny, yet you still couldn’t take in everything.

Photography was not permitted and considering the crows, this was just as well. The glare from the glass sometimes distorted items if you weren’t able to maneuver into a good viewing position. All in all it was a superb exhibit as far as the items, but I guess a personal one-on-one tour would have been out of the question.

After a couple of hours I met up with some the group and we headed back inside to explore other areas of the museum.

Although the ever popular, especially with children, dinosaur exhibit was quite interesting and contained many unfamiliar creatures, I personally like Evolving Planet. A particular feature had me nearly mesmerized watching one area of panel, then another before repeating the process with the next 2 panels. Three panels create an underwater scene as fascinating as an IMAX screen. Active creatures like squid, clams, fish and jellyfish moved across the panels scouring for food or avoiding being food themselves. Many individual segments must have been put together so that it appeared I was never looking at the same scene. How and why the simplest creature evolved developing appendages and adapting to the changing environment was explained along the way meandering through the exhibit.

The Field Museum is comprised of three floors containing a variety of permanent exhibits. Additionally, at the time, there were limited engagements including genetics, dinosaurs, Pompeii, underground, and King Tut.

There are three museum stores, MacDonald's and the Corner Bakery. The museum is open from 9am to 5pm and has entrances on each side of the building. The aquarium is just across the walkway.
Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60605
(312) 922-9410

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