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Field Museum of Natural History

The Field Museum of Natural History, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, sits on Lake Shore Drive next to Lake Michigan, part of a scenic complex known as the Museum Campus which includes Soldier Field, the football stadium that is the home of the Chicago Bears, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and a fine view of the buildings of the Chicago Loop. The architecture of this building typifies the style initiated by the World Columbian Exposition of the 1890s. A walk in downtown Chicago will reveal an entire series of monumental buildings such as this one. There are so many that a Chicagoan finds them commonplace, and that it takes a visitor to elicit a comment about the history of the city. Even the football stadium has the signature classical Greek-style columns.

The Museum is organized into four major departments: Anthropology, Zoology, Botany, and Geology.

Some prized exhibits at The Field Museum include:

  • Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil skeleton currently known.
  • A comprehensive set of human cultural anthropology exhibits, including artifacts from ancient Egypt, the Pacific Northwest, and Tibet.
  • A large and diverse taxidermy collection featuring many large animals, including two prized African elephants, and the infamous Lions of Tsavo featured in the 1996 movie "The Ghost and the Darkness".

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Last updated: 05-14-2005 22:11:38