Thursday, August 10, 2006
Visiting the Field Museum
Chicago is a very exciting city. But the very best thing about Chicago was the reason my daughter, my two granddaughters and I drove 10-11 hours one way — The Field Museum!
This huge, wonderful, beautiful building houses exhibits from everywhere and about everything — ranging from the days of Pompeii to Gregor Mendel, the evolution of our planet, bugs, Auschwitz and Black Sue (more about her later) King Tutankhamun and the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
The King Tut exhibit was breathtaking. We actually saw Lady Tyuja’s coffin — beautifully carved and gilded with gold and wonderful colors. (She was either his wife or mother — I can’t remember.)
For me, the most exquisite piece there was the canopic jar lid with the famous head of King Tut. I could have stood there for hours and looked at it.
We didn’t have hours though — we had the rest of the Museum and Black Sue to see!
Black Sue is the largest, most complete T-Rex skeleton on exhibit. And she’s just about the first thing you see when you walk into the lobby of the Museum.
Sue’s bones were found in the Black Hills of the Dakotas by a farmer, who then sold them to a collector for either $4,000 or $5,000 depending on which history you’re reading.
Ironically, as Sue is billed as one of the most complete skeletons on exhibit, her “real” head is upstairs in the mezzanine — at more than 600 pounds, it’s too heavy to be supported without obvious wires and props.
The Field Museum, perhaps not surprisingly at all, is the largest I’ve ever seen or been inside. I think next time we go back (and there will be a next time!) we’re going to plan for two-three days just in the Museum. And we’re taking the guys too, not just the girls!
It took me three or four days to recuperate from the two days driving and one day sightseeing. But it was worth it!
I can still close my eyes and see Black Sue and that canopic jar lid. And the Lions of Tsavo and the bears and whale skeleton and the zebras and their skeletons, and the...
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