Visiting the Field Museum in Chicago can be both boring and enlightening. In that order. That’s how I felt while roaming from one exhibit to another.
Boring. The facts and information you absorb by reading hundreds of descriptions on each display is just overwhelming. It’s not even interactive. The preserved bodies of animals stood there (I didn’t expect them to come alive) that there’s no way for a visitor to learn something about them in a fun, interactive way. Could they not put up some screen where people can slide their fingers for fun facts, trivia and even quiz them? It’s dark (I understand, too much light might harm the preservation?) and you won’t even be motivated to go further down the hall.
Enlightening. There are three things in this museum that I consider very enlightening for me. Or at least, caught my attention: the 3D show (including in the ticket), the CT scans of Egyptian Mummies, Living With Wolves photo exhibit and the Pawnee Earth Lodge.
Few steps from the Shedd Aquarium is the Field Museum.
Sue is the first animal who’ll greet you at the open lobby of the Field Museum. Every visitor starts with her.
Then, these two elephants stand not far from Sue.
This exhibit is called, Images of the AfterLife. It shows the CT scans of Egyptian mummies, the 3D prints of their skulls and their possible actual physical face and forms are shown. Very impressive.
Forget about how Hollywood depicts the wolves. They’re actually very social animals once you’ll get to know them. These images of them are powerful and would change the way we look at them. As the title suggests, photographers actually observed them for a year before the animals trusted them.
This huge Maori Meeting House comes from New Zealand.
An Aztec calendar.
A stone monument.
Inside the Pawnee Earth Lodge. You should go there before it closes. There are people there who would explain to you about the Pawnee’s way of life. Very interesting.
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