Field Museum

Saturday, October 6, 2012

One of the places I had to visit while we were in Chicago was the Field Museum. People had been recommending it to me for ages, the whole time I'm thinking "Uh, yeah, when am I going to be in Chicago?!" Buuuut I did go to Chicago and after looking up exactly what the Field Museum was, I most certainly did have to go.

Sadly, the employee at the desk who was selling the tickets failed to mention we'd be spending a lot of money just to have a little over an hour in the museum. Perhaps we should have taken note of what time it said they closed on the brochure, and I will in the future at new museums but to me it seems like if you ask someone if they're a resident of Illinois and they say no, they probably aren't going to be familiar with your hours and you should suggest they come back the next day so they have a reasonable amount of time to explore. (Yep, it still really bothers me despite the fact it was weeks ago. But oh, well!) We rushed through the museum and seriously didn't even get to see half of it.

But what we did see I LOVED. I mostly took photos of skeletons and that's what I'll be sharing today. Here are some of my favorites...
I'm not sure I'd go back, just out of principle, but I certainly did enjoy the museum. I really wish I could have gotten to see more.
xoxo

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400 that expired in 2010.

29 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! I love skeletons! :3
    To bad about the time for you :l

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  2. I love the skeletons. It's amazing that they still manage to come across as cute to me, especially the duckbill platypus...

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  3. my favourite thing in natural history museums is to try and guess what the animal is from the bones.

    it sucks that you didnt get a whole lot of time there

    chloex

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  4. You should go back! Spend hours and hours there taking pictures - I'd like to see more of them :)

    From what I've seen of the Field Museum it looks like somewhere that you would really enjoy - don't let some silly front desk person ruin the experience for you.

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  5. That sucks that they didn't let you know :( awesome pics though.

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  6. Sad to read that this happen not only in my country, people should be more compromise with their work, specially when you have to attent people or give information :/

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  7. Oh, please don't let this experience put you off of the museum!
    Seeing as you're a mycophile, you absolutely have to experience all the plants (and, by extension, fungi) that the museum has on display. Not to mention the bird rooms! Some of the other exhibits are a little less interesting depending on where your other interests lie, but at the very least all the specimens are incredibly cool.
    Also, there is a wall of different shoes throughout history! It's awesome!

    I'm sorry your experience didn't turn out so well, though. It must have been incredibly frustrating. :(

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  8. The Field Museum is ~wonderful~ and even though the ticket seller was neglectful, you should definitely give it another chance if you come back! I used to date a guy who worked in exhibit fabrication there and I would go in and just hang out in the bird taxidermy room to sketch. It's easily one of my favorite places in the city.

    Your photos look so dreamy, as always!

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  9. really neat images. I love the coloring they have.

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  10. How rude of that ticket person! That is a place you can spend a whole afternoon exploring. My favorite part of that museum was always the "Mold-a-rama" machine that let you make your very own wax dinosaur souvenir! It was awesome - I wonder if it's still there?

    Here's what the figures look like: http://www.dinosaursandrobots.com/2008/10/mold-rama-photo-gallery.html

    They would be right at home with your collections of curiosities from the beach! I had the orange stegosaurus in my car for the longest time :)

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    1. You know what, I think I saw one! I saw some sort of souvenir mold maker thing but I wasn't 100% sure what it was and we were being rushed out of the place by some mean lady in the lower level. That is totally cool though, I'll have to keep my eye out for those at other places!

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  11. You know if you had gone back to the front desk and told them you spent full price and only saw 1/10 of the museum, they would have given you a refund and given you free tickets for the next time you came. It's a really nice museum though.

    The next time you're in Chicago visit the Museum of Science and Industry, that's my favorite one. The Shedd Aquarium and Planetarium are nice too.

    The Girl Collected

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    1. Not true, we went to the front desk and the folks who work the counter had gone home already. The security guard was the only one up there. He made us wait around for a while while he tried to get someone to come up to the front and help us out. Long story short, nothing really came of it.

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  12. Looks like a cool museum! If you ever feel like venturing to NYC, you'd love the Museum of Natural History!

    This is off-topic, but would you consider doing a blog post about ear stretching?

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  13. That's a bummer. Our local aquarium closes at six, meaning, the last ticket they sell is at six. You can still take your time and see everything you want and they won't kick you out. That's how I think it should be for places like that. They usually aren't cheap. Should get your money's worth.

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  14. The Field Museum is just awesome, I'd highly recommend revisiting when you have the chance, despite lousy service desk people. There are so many great things to see. I like the little squirrel skeleton with the nut :)


    Kimberly.

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  15. Kaylah have you seen this picture yet?

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=481924208495262&set=pb.367116489976035.-2207520000.1349549052&type=1&theater

    It's a skull complete with baby teeth and adult teeth...kinda sad but awesome at the same time.

    http://rrecommends.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

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    1. I was stunned! I knew that adult teeth had to come from somewhere inside the skull, but I guess I'd never really thought about it too much before- it's just fascinating! xx

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  16. These skeletons are amazing. Bones are just so interesting.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  17. I'm sad to see you couldn't explore the entire museum. I've been going there since I was little and it still amazes me. I hope you do revisit one day.

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  18. That kind of thing drives me crazy too! In Brisbane I wasn't allowed in the Ron Mueck exhibition (on it's last day) because they were closing in an hour :( BUT in New York at The Natural History Museum, the guy at the counter whispered if we waited 5 more minutes we could get in for free as it was free for late entry close to closing time - they should have done that in Chicago, it would be more fair! (or at least tell you, what jerks)
    Kitty
    x
    Kitty & Buck.

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  19. Oh, I love trips to museums! Your pictures are lovely! :) xx

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  20. Ahhh so cool! Skeletons are just the coolest. I need to talk my mister into taking me to more museums! As college students, we get into all of the nearby museums for free, so he doesn't have any excuse not to go!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  21. This is really cool! Though I didn't think so as a kid. I remember going to the Children's Museum with my mom and everytime we would go to the animal skeletons or the stuffed animals, I remember crying. Especially over all the babies. I'm able to hold myself together better these days ;)

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