Have you been to The Field Museum in Chicago? I grew up going there and was excited to take my three kids this spring.
On our spring break road trip this past March, we packed a lot into 4 days in Chicago. One of our favorite spots was The Field Museum. My family, with three tweens ages 10, 10 and 12, have been to so many science museums in the past few years. We're always looking for something new, and we found quite a lot to love here!
We went Inside Ancient Egypt so the kids could read hieroglyphics and get grossed out by mummies. The ancient marketplace was a clever way to learn what anthropologists have learned about the Egyptians. We walked through a three-story recreation of a mastaba that included two authentic rooms from a 5,000-year-old tomb. Fascinating!
While we've seen dinosaur exhibits before, we had never seen the largest T. rex ever found. Sue is in the house! Sue's skeleton is 90% complete, and the original skull is exhibited separately so you can get up close. This exhibit was well done and modern, in contrast to the very old-fashioned displays of mammals in another part of the museum.
Another delight was Evolving Planet. As a former science teacher, I found the physical organization of this exhibit so helpful for both kids and adults to follow the timeline and learn about complex concepts. We walked through 4 billion years of life on Earth, from single-celled organisms to dinosaurs and then humans.
The special exhibit China's First Emperor and his Terracotta Warriors has an extra charge, and it was worth every penny. We learned so much about war in ancient China. The emperor built an army to protect him in the afterlife, and we learned how archaeologists have uncovered (and continue to uncover) the treasures in the tombs. Try to catch this exhibit while it's at the museum, through January 2017.
Basic admission is $22/adults and $15/children, with $19 for seniors and students. Parking is in the Soldier Field complex and is an additional fee. The Field Museum participates in the ASTC Passport Program, so we were able to get in for FREE because we had a membership to another science museum. They also offer FREE admission days for Illinois residents.