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Courtesy of The Field Museum
AAA Editor Notes
The Field Museum, across from Grant Park at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., ranks among the world's foremost museums of natural sciences. Established in 1893, the Beaux Arts-style building serves as an international center for public learning and scientific study of the world's diverse environments and cultures. The museum, home to nearly 40 million artifacts and specimens, takes part in groundbreaking research all over the world while maintaining one of the world's largest collections used to inspire discovery, spark public engagement with science, and uncover solutions for a better world.

Exhibits include SUE the T. rex; Maximo the Titanosaur; Africa; Underground Adventure; Inside Ancient Egypt; and Grainger Hall of Gems. The Crown Family PlayLab is designed for families with children ages 2-6. The Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet illustrates 4 billion years of evolution and includes a dinosaur hall. The Ancient Americas exhibition covers 13,000 years of human history in the western hemisphere and features displays highlighting several mighty empires.

The Cyrus Tang Hall of China exhibition examines Chinese history and culture. The Restoring Earth exhibition explores conservation through discovery and adventure. A scientist in the DNA Discovery Center explains what DNA is and how cutting-edge genetic research is conducted. The Grainger Science Hub offers visitors an opportunity to view rotating scientific research displays and meet with educators and scientists to learn about their work.

Special exhibitions are held throughout the year.

Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 4 hours minimum.

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