Back To PenCities

A Veritable Treasure Trove

October 17, 2013
Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World Fair

Chicago offers no shortage of exciting art, design and cultural exhibitions each year, but in every season there is one show in particular that promises to be a cut above the rest. This year, few would deny that the honour goes to the Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World Fair exhibition to be held at the Field Museum from October 25. Some 120 years after the museum debuted and the 1893 World Fair dazzled Chicagoans with its inventive wares, foreign artifacts and innovative concepts, the until-now hidden treasures are being exhumed from the archives – some for the very first time since they were originally viewed over a century ago.

Step back in time and experience the wonder of a time capsule-like collection comprising everything from ground-breaking products such as Juicy Fruit chewing gum and the first ever Ferris Wheel, to exotic anthropological and animal specimens including large taxidermied creatures, ancient fossils, complete skeletons, and even a meteorite that was kept chained in a dungeon for the fear it instilled in the viewing public. But never mind if you’re a tad busy to get along right away, the insightful and nostalgic exhibition runs through September 2014 – so time is well and truly on your side.

1400 S Lake Shore Dr / +1 312 922 9410
/ 9am-5pm daily / fieldmuseum.org
BACK TO TOP