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Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasource

Midwest Family Activities: The Field Museum 1893 World’s Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair

Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasource

During a recent trip to Chicago, I stopped by The Field Museum to check out their newest exhibit, Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair. The exhibit is designed to take visitors back in time 120 years, to the World’s Columbian Exposition—one of the greatest events in the history of the city and the United States.

 

Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasourceJapanese tea vase

 

There are some very beautiful and interesting articles from the Fair are on display. The “hidden collection” of more than 200 artifacts and specimens from every corner of the Fair’s grounds are ones that have rarely—or never—been on display since they amazed fairgoers over a hundred years ago. The museum is opening the vaults of these objects exclusively for this exhibit.

 

Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasource

Various historic articles

 

As I strolled through the halls of the tour, I soon realized that the significance of the World’s Fair extends far beyond the well-known Ferris wheel. With each display, I saw that the Fair was a showcase of architecture, culture, and technology originating from all over the world. There are displays of exotic animals, fossil plants, international cultures, and introductory products from that era. I also got a glimpse of the history of the Fair with the original admission tickets, official catalog of exhibits, and even some of the instruments played at the Javanese village on the Fair’s Midway. I actually felt like I was at the Fair itself.

Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasource

Fossil plants

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 Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasource

One of my favorites!

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Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasource

Masks from around the world

 

It was great to see what were considered the marvels of the world in 1893, and how scientists and explorers are making new discoveries about the articles in the exhibit to this day. To gain more knowledge about some of the objects and the exhibit itself, I used the free Field Museum Tours mobile app, which gave me access to additional information using the QR codes along the route of the tour.

 

Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasource

Using the app along the tour of the World’s Fair Exhibit

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Midwest Family Activities The Field Museum 1893 World's Fair Exhibit #ChicagoWorldsFair melisasource

Hundreds of objects from the World’s Fair are on display throughout the Museum’s permanent collections as well. They can be discovered in other galleries through the Field Museum Tours mobile app

 

I learned so much by touring the Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit! I never knew how huge of a role the collections from the Fair are playing in scientists’ discoveries about ecology, biology, climatology, and even animal and human evolution. I was also unaware that the objects of the Fair are ones that began one of the most extensive natural history collections in the world. I definitely plan to visit the exhibit again before it ends.

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The #ChicagoWorldsFair exhibit will be open through September 7, 2014 and is suitable for all ages. To learn more about the exhibit or plan your visit The Field Museum’s website Here. You can stay up-to-date with the latest information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also get a sneak peek by downloading the free Field Museum Tours mobile app Here.

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I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy)

Oh man, what a cool exhibit. I wish something like this would come to Boston!

Amanda
Amanda

What a fun experience! I would love to take my kids.

Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison

This is one of the things I miss about not living in NYC any more. I miss the museums. I went to one every summer with the kids. This looks like one the kids would have enjoyed if we were ever in Chicago. Now if I do go there I’ll have to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Michele

What an interesting museum exhibit-if I lived anywhere near there or was going there on a trip I would certainly stop in and browse for a couple of hours.

Terry

Your favorite is mine also. I love those rocks. I have a few of them that I carry for luck.

Laura

What a neat museum! It’s always cool to learn about the past and just how much it has impacted how we live today! That’sneat they have the app too!

Melanie

How cool, I love going to museums. They are so much fun, you learn so much

Rosey
Rosey

I haven’t been to the Field Museum but it’s on our list for next summer! Thank you for sharing your visit!

Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson

I love museums! This would be something I would really enjoy!!

Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

I kept seeing things about this on Facebook, but didn’t really probe too much for information. Being back in Chicagoland, I need to go check it out!

Ashley Gill

That is really cool that the museum has an app that you can use to follow along. The fossil plants looks awesome!

Jennifer Williams

I would love to see this, I have friends that live near it so I will share with them so they can go.

amanda
amanda

This looks like a wonderful and educational visit – I’d love to see this.

Le-an Lacaba

I love going to museums, the way it takes you back in time. This looks like a great one!

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