Established more than 125 years ago following the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History has delighted visitors for generations. Today, the museum is home to a massive collection of 24 million objects. Seeing everything it has to offer is pretty much impossible, but you can head straight to the highlights. “Sue,” the largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever found, is a veritable museum mascot, while dedicated African and Chinese galleries showcase diverse cultures and histories.
Visitors can also see scientists at work in the DNA Discovery Center, engage directly with artifacts in the Grainger Science Hub, shrink to insect size in the Underground Adventure, and watch 3D movie screenings. In addition to its permanent collection, the Field Museum also hosts special exhibits that are worth planning your trip around. The museum is a regular stop on Chicago sightseeing tours—from hop-on hop-off bus tours to bike and Segway tours—and you can even book a private Field Museum tour to navigate its many galleries with ease.