Living about 90 miles south of Chicago, you would think that I go there more often than I actually do. But because of the construction, traffic, and total fear of DRIVING in said traffic, it’s rare that I get to go. However, once I get there, I fall in love with Chicago all over again.
I recruited my friend Tricia to come with for a mom’s day out. It was definitely needed, and since I had never been to the Chicago Field Museum, and she loves all things museums, it was a perfect match for a great day.
Before we went in to the museum, I was sure to download the Field Museum app on my iPhone. It is the BEST tool for getting around in the museum! The paper maps are helpful, but the app has several things that the paper map does not! For instance, there are more stories and explanations for the items in the Field Museum and the exhibits. I was excited to put the app to the test!
We started at the World’s Fair Exhibit, and I was really impressed! The exhibit was laid out really well with so many incredible items. It was astonishing to me how many items they actually had from the World’s Fair! The World’s Fair was in Chicago 22 years after the fire– and amid many social and economical struggles. This exhibit was interesting since it showcases objects from the Museum’s collections that have rarely—if ever—been on display. 200+ objects, most of which are from the 1893 World’s Fair and have not been displayed for over 120 years. In fact, the Field Museum was founded to commemorate the fair, and they have the single largest collection of original items from the World’s Fair.
While checking my app, I saw that the accounting ledger from the World’s Fair, tracking all of the expenses. On display, it was the largest book I had ever seen! The handwriting was beautiful, truly a piece of art from this time. It was great to see how I could use my iPhone to learn about history– especially a piece of history that is so near and dear to the city of Chicago.
This giant urn was used for wine. WINE people. This photo doesn’t do it justice, it is easily close to 6 feet tall. I loved the “Bringing the world to Chicago, presenting Chicago to the world.” This was precisely what the World’s Fair was about! It was intended to be a grand display, with lovely items and big fanfare.
In 1893, the interest in studying and collecting items from the natural world was at it’s peak! This was shown in several ways at the World’s Fair– the displays of fossils, skeletons, taxidermic animals– all on display to show the past to the present. In addition to the ledger and the animals, there were instruments, Peruvian mummies, murals and projections showcasing the excitement of that time. Incredible to see all of these items, over 100 years later!
Right outside the World’s Fair Exhibit, there was a gift shop highlighting some other facts from the World’s Fair. I loved these coffee mugs, and reading the history behind “Chicago Day” at the World’s Fair.
Then, I fell in love with this beauty! The lady that was working in the gift shop was so sweet. She allowed Tricia and I to try on practically everything in the jewelry case, and we definitely had some fun! Tricia used to have a handmade jewelry business, and I am just a jewelry lover– so spending time learning about some of the older gems and materials used to make jewelry at that time was fascinating!
After checking out the other gift shop on the main level, I checked the app again to find information on this diamond pin that was located in Gem Hall. Gem Hall? Sign us up! We checked the map and headed upstairs to see what was on display there. Obviously, this helped our love of jewelry!
From the big quartz crystal, to the pearls, to the 5,995 carat blue topaz, we were hooked and in awe of the display!
It was a fun filled couple of hours, and I loved being in the city for just a short time! Tricia captured me in my element (camera in hand) before we went in, and I LOVE this photo!
As a blogger, I loved using my iPhone to get around the Field Museum, and it helped showcase other exhibits that we may have missed! When the kids are older, I plan on bringing them to the Field Museum. There is so much there to learn and experience– and a day in Chicago is always a nice treat for us!
I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.