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Satisfying our Curiosities at the Field Museum of Natural History

April 16, 2015

The Field Museum of Natural History is a collector’s paradise. For anyone who is even remotely interested in Natural History, which encompasses anything and everything related to life and nature as we see them on earth, the Field Museum is a must see place in Chicago, Illinois.

It is among the largest dedicated museums for natural history and is often compared to the Smithsonian for its extremely rare collections and versatile permanent exhibitions. The total number of items preserved in the museum is way beyond 3 million and around 2 million tourists and academicians visit the Field Museum each year.

Field Museum of Natural History

Field Museum of Natural History | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

The Elephant in the Main Entrance of Museum

The Elephant in the Main Entrance of Museum | Image Resource : terpconnect.umd.edu

Although there are a number of museums in the Museum compound in Michigan Avenue, I decided to visit Field with my friends because of the unique collection of gems and fossils that it has on display. Another attractive feature was the presence of interns who are currently involved in specialized research in a particular field as guides. They are the most informed set of people you can find on a particular area of natural history, it was treat interacting with them about things they are passionate about. The learning opportunities were just immense.

The permanent exhibitions include the Nature Walk, with lively dioramas. The Grainger Hall of Gems is also a great exhibition. I cannot completely describe the beauty of the gems preserved there some of which like the Chinese Jade date back to 6000 BC. The Inside Egypt Exhibition showcases with immaculate detail the lives and times of ancient pre-medieval Egypt. It has a great collection of Hieroglyphs dating back to 3500 BC.

The Evolving Earth exhibition helped us realize the magic of evolution how easily we take a concept as complex as evolution for granted. I was amazed to learn that how important chance and probability were in the development of mankind. The McDonald’s Fossil

Preparation Lab and the Regenstein’s DNA lab also provide unique experiences. There exists an opportunity to closely observe the preservation of pre-historic fossils and DNA Analysis. At last we saw the gigantic 80% complete fossil of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is largest of its kind in the entire world.

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