March 23, 2009
The Field Museum in Chicago
Are you ready for the first attraction in our list of fascinating museums perfect for student tours?¬† This is the Field Museum, and it is part of a museum complex in Chicago’s Grant Park that includes two other world-class museums.¬† You may remember Grant Park as the setting for President Obama’s historic election night victory speech.¬† It is considered Chicago’s front yard, and together with that history and three amazing museums, it is an excellent choice for Chicago student tours.
The Field Museum was named for one of its benefactors.¬† You can see from this photo (by DanJBailey on Flickr) that the building itself is somewhat breathtaking, and that is just the reaction students get from some of the amazing exhibits inside.¬† Right now until October of this year, student will love the exhibit into the fascinating world of pirates.¬† The museum is also famous for Sue, the most complete, most famous fossilized T-rex in the world.¬† Other once-living legends at the Field Museum include Bushman, a gorilla who lived in Lincoln Park Zoo – one of the oldest zoos in the nation – and the infamous Tsavo lions that once terrorized East Africa (brought to film in The Ghost and the Darkness with Val Kilmer).
Further permanent exhibits include Bird Habitats, Animals of Africa, and Animal Biology.¬† Plus, the museum offers amazing temporary exhibits throughout the year.¬† You can check out their website to learn exactly what they’ll be offering when you’re in town.¬† The Field Museum makes every exhibit a beautiful way for a student to experience scientific discovery.¬† I guarantee they’ll be fascinated, but you may even find they’ve been inspired – in which case the future just gained another valuable scientist or two.¬† Do not miss that opportunity – nor the chance to visit this powerful museum and complete¬† world-class museum complex.
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