The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is as much a draw for school children as it is for inquisitive adults who want to learn more about the planet's flora, fauna, minerals and ancient civilizations.
The facility was originally called the Columbian Museum and was founded at Jackson Park in 1893, the same year as the World's Columbian Exposition. It was moved to its present location in 1921.
In 1905, the museum was renamed for Marshall Field whose generous financial contributions were instrumental in the acquisition of the building and various collections.
In addition to its extensive geological displays and cultural artifacts, the museum has realistic dioramas depicting the world's wildlife, ecosystem models, gemstone exhibits and a fossil preparation laboratory.
The Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium share the lakefront address of Field Museum in addition to its research facilities, lecture halls and a publishing office.
Hours and Fees
With the exception of Christmas, Field Museum is open every day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Adult tickets are $23, children between the ages of 3 and 11 get in for $13, students and seniors with ID pay $20. Chicago locals receive a discounted admission upon proof of residence.