IMSA Senior, Claudia Zhu, shares her experience of visiting the Chicago Field Museum and how it took her breath away and indulged her curiosity.
I first visited Chicago’s Field Museum the summer of 8th grade. Ticket in hand and slightly sweating from the walk in the sun, I meandered up the front steps and through the massive Ionic columns. When I got inside, the enormity of collections took my breath away.
A world-renown gem sprawled along Lake Shore Drive, the Field Museum upholds the title as one of the nation’s greatest museums. Spoiler alert, it doesn’t disappoint. Hidden in the organized maze of 400,000 square feet are hundreds of exhibits on almost everything and anything you can collect and treasure. It’s like a physical Wikipedia displayed in glass boxes that you can press your face up to and view up close. I love the Field Museum. It’s where I could pass through three different periods and eons within a matter of minutes and where I felt that the diversity and vibrancy of the world were infinite.
You don’t have to love every exhibit there, but there will be an exhibit somewhere that you love. Not feeling the thousands of iridescent beetles on display? Check out Sue in the main atrium (you literally can’t miss her) and you’ll be swept away imagining the grandiose era of prehistoric times. Before I move on, I just want to say that Sue is a 65 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex fossil and it is the largest and most complete of its kind. It’s sister collection, “Evolving Planet” is one of the world’s best dinosaur collections and takes you on a trip through 4 billion years. Not a fan of dinosaurs? Check out the Chinese Jade and other precious materials! Don’t get too close, or you’ll set off the alarm though…
The Field Museum was created by Marshall Field, a Chicagoan entrepreneur known for establishing some of the first department stores, in 1893 to hold artifacts from the World’s Columbian Exposition. The goal of the museum is to host exhibits that explore cultures and environments from around the world. They host so many exhibits and displays from the interactive sound lab and Egyptian mummies to coveted art and innovation displays that you can stare at for hours, but not touch. The museum also has an incredible library, but you’ll have to ask a member of Protection Services for access to some ancient texts.
This June, you’ll have a chance to visit the Field Museum as part of the ISSF’s itinerary. If you come, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and also don’t be afraid to spend seconds or hours in front of an exhibit that will take you around the globe and throughout time. Most of all, indulge in your curiosity and explore the museum to its fullest.
To learn more, watch these this video about the Field Museum.
From the Field to the Field Museum
About the ISSF 2018 Field Trip and Excursion Program
The goal of the ISSF 2018 Field Trip and Excursion Program is to introduce attendees to IMSA’s partners and collaborators across the Chicagoland area. From leading universities, science museums, and art institutes to private sector STEM partners, IMSA has a rich network of people and organizations who support and foster the academy as the leading learning laboratory it is today. During ISSF attendees will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and visit partner locations. You can read more about these trips here.