One of the largest museums of its kind in the world, the Field Museum houses such an enormous collection that only a small fraction of its holdings are on view at any one time. The rest are used by researchers or held in storage vaults under the museum and in its neighboring building across the quad.
But all that is the serious, formal stuff. What I love about this place is far simpler:
The atrium. The top image is of the central atrium lobby, which is vast and lit by skylights. This view is from when we entered through the south doors; the admission lines are on the left.
The ceiling, far overhead, has interesting light fixtures hanging just below it. After the museum closes, they host all manner of events from weddings to corporate dinners. It’s expensive to run a museum this big and they do an excellent job at fundraising.
The Maori Meeting House is fascinating. For you armchair travelers, click on the link to see the Field Museum’s profile of it and go from there to other exhibits in the museum, virtually.
The reason I like the meeting house is that it has a sense of living history to it. If you venture inside, shoes are prohibited, so there is a front porch where patrons sit and take care of that. It’s covered with hundreds of shell eyes that represent the ancestors, so it feels like the house is looking at you. Even though the room its in is large and has a vaulted ceiling, so there’s a lot of echoing noise, there’s a sense of stillness and peace around the meeting house itself.
Among other things, you can walk down inside a pyramid, visit a Pawnee Earth Lodge, and one of my favorites, see actual wooden totem poles.
There are many articles on the Field Museum and its history, for those of you curious about it. There’s great material about the founding of the museum right on their website, here.
Tomorrow, we head back to the north side and visit one of the neighborhood’s landmark restaurants, Gulliver’s.
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