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Opening the Vaults:
Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair
Opening October 25, 2013

Luring millions to Chicago in 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition was a glittering showcase of architecture, culture, technology, and peoples from around the world. Now, 120 years later, The Field Museum is opening its hidden collections to display incredible artifacts and specimens that will bring to life one of the most spectacular occasions in the Windy City’s history. Discover how the fair was the triumphant debut of The Field Museum, and how its legacy lives on.  

Learn more and reserve your free membership tickets today!

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Meet the Creators

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair was created entirely by The Field Museum.  Paola Bucciol and Isabelle Heyward, two members of our exhibition team, are excited to share their knowledge of the 1893 World's Fair with you.  

Meet Isabelle and Paola


World's Fair Dinosaur

Visitors to the 1893 World's Fair, as well as the Field Columbian Museum, had a chance to see a mounted cast of H. foulkii, the first mounted dinosaur skeleton for public display... although it wasn't quite like the dinosaurs you see on display at The Field Museum today.

Learn more about the World's Fair Hadrosaurs



               Scavenger Hunt

Want to learn more about the World's Fair? Use this Scavenger Hunt to guide you through the Museum's permanent collection to discover highlights and hidden gems. Each item on the Scavenger Hunt is an object that came from the 1893 World's Fair. Don't forget to bring your completed scavenger hunt to the membership desk for a prize!

Download the scavenger hunt

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How many objects on display at the 1893 World's Fair became part of The Field Museum's Anthropology collection?

A. 10,000

B. 25,000

C. 50,000

D. 100,000


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Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence
Open through January 5, 2014

Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior
Open through September 28, 2014 (non ticketed exhibition)

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1983 World's Fair
Opening October 25, 2013

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Artists and Authors
October 19, 2013, 11am - 2pm

Educator Open House
October 24, 2013, 5pm - 8pm

Members' Only Viewing of Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair
October 27, 2013 - 8am - 12pm

Complete list of programs

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Adopt a T. rex Showcase

Wherever you go with your Adopt a T. rex, we want to know!  Submit a photo of you spending time with your T. rex. We will post it to our flickr page and one prize winner will be randomly chosen the last  day of each month.

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Photo Credits: Chicago History Museum, ICHi-02525, @ The Field Museum, CSGEO3809, @ The Field Museum, GN90799d_WFWC_16w, The Field Museum, A114989d_014A, Photographer John Weinstein, @ The Field Museum, CSGEO2978.

Sponsors: Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair was created by The Field Museum. Lead Sponsors: Allstate Insurance Company, Exelon, UL. Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior is organized by The Field Museum and co-curator Bunky Echo-Hawk, and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago and the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada. Proud Sponsor: Discover

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