May 9, 2021

“The White City” memorabilia at Field Museum

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the1893 Exhibit

Selected Columbian Exposition artifacts actually started the Field Museum’s collection. Curators have combed the Field vaults to create a fascinating exhibit with video footage and photos that allow you to feel you are back 120 years in time.

Natural world items include taxidermied animals, feathers (still attached to the birds), mummies and fossils. Foreign cultural artifacts including intricately beaded clothing and masks. Marvel at the meteorite so feared that it was kept in a dungeon.  Admire the  real Indonesian gamelan instruments along with an interactive station that let’s you “play” the virtual versions.
Check out the gift shop where you will find bona fide souvenirs from the 1893 fair. My favorite was a blue cup and saucer that had a $1,000 price tag. A box of Cracker Jacks was more in my price range.

The Field Bistro on the ground floor was a pleasant place for a break with many lunch and beverage options including coffee drinks plus wine and local craft beer. Opt for a seat in the corner area with windows.

Kudos to the Field Museum web site for its innovative way to depict the exhibit on-line.

Through September 7, 2014

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 922-9410

Looking several months ahead, “The White City,” a musical I co-wrote with June Finfer will be presented at Pleasant Home in Oak Park, November 9, 2014. Details forthcoming.

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