The Field Museum: 1893 World’s Fair Exhibit Tour

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I haven’t been to The Field Museum in Chicago in what seems like forever and the  opening of the new exhibit about the 1893 World’s Fair is the perfect time to make a trip back. The Field Museum is my favorite museum in Chicago. There is so much there to see that you couldn’t possibly spend just one day there, unless you just go to skim and walk through exhibits without paying much attention.

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My favorite exhibit are the animals since I was always very interested in animals, especially wild cats. The new World’s Fair exhibit is an interesting addition and I was looking forward to learn about this part of Chicago’s history since this is not a place I grew up. I was never a history buff but the older I get the more interesting history becomes. I thought the new World’s Fair Exhibit would be a perfect way to get back into the history of the city in which I live – Chicago dearest.

Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair takes visitors back to 1893, to the World’s Columbian Exposition—one of the greatest events in the history of Chicago and the U.S. The exhibition shows what visitors to the Fair saw 120 years ago. There are than 200 artifacts and specimens from every corner of the Fair’s grounds—from the Midway villages to a nautical exhibit moored in Fair’s pond.

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I saw the actual Fair memorabilia, such as the financial ledgers and tickets. There were Peruvian mummies (I was always obsessed with Ancient Egypt and mummies so seeing a different kind of it was awesome), and 3D printed replicas of figurines found inside one of the mummy bundles. There were instruments from the gamelan played at the Javanese village on the Fair’s Midway and you could actually listen to the sounds. There were murals and atmospheric projections that show how the Fair looked like at the time. There are also digital interactive screens that allow to explore and engage with the earliest Museum’s collections through new technologies.

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Why did the Field Museum choose to have this exhibit there? Well…

  • The Field Museum was founded to commemorate the Fair
  • The Museum’s original collections are formed by objects that were all displayed at the Fair
  • The Field Museum has the single largest collection of items displayed at the Fair
  • The Field Museum is the legacy of the Fair: scientists conduct ground-breaking research on the ever-growing collections, and exhibitions display objects from its vaults for the public to see

Did you know any of this? I didn’t. Tell ya the truth, I barely knew anything about the World Fair before coming at all! I came in clueless and came out with some new knowledge and fun facts in my head. It was an awesome exhibit. The app definitely made for the exhibit that much more interactive and engaging too!

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Download the Field Museum app to get the extra awesome experience during your visit!

The day for the trip to the Field Museum was perfect and I loved the weather. I took a long way home to the train and walked through the Grant Park. It was simply beautiful and I loved the atmosphere. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!

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Questions for you:

  • Are you a history buff?
  • What is your favorite museum?
  • Have you ever been to Chicago?

Let me know in the comments!

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

Last Updated on March 27, 2019

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  1. Our City’s museums are awesome and we don’t take advantage of them nearly enough. I hope many people see this post, Chicagoans and tourists as a reminder. Thx for sharing.

  2. I REALLY want to go to this exhibit. I haven’t been to a single Chicago museum since I moved here (it’s hard to go when you work 9-5, unless you want to tackle crowds and crowds of tourists on the weekend!), which is kind of embarrassing, because I love museums! I’m so intrigued by the World’s Fair, and I think this is definitely an instance where I’m going to have to bite the bullet and just go, tourists or not.

  3. I wanted to go to this exhibit the minute I found out about it, it looks so cool!

  4. How fun! I haven’t been to Chicago in years, but the two things I remember about the city are the food and the museums! Thank you for transporting me!

  5. Looks like a wonderful exhibit. Wish I lived close enough to go!

  6. How much time would you recommend giving yourself to get through the World’s Fair exhibit on a weekend?

  7. Hi. Me and my friends were planning on going but were wondering if we would just see videos , artifacts and pictures from 1839 or is the exhibit more like a realistic replica of the 1839 world’s fair?

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