Behind the scenes

Travel Back in Time!

Take a moment to explore the stories and science behind Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair. You’ll discover how the exposition was a historic event for the nation, a turning point for the city of Chicago, and the genesis of one of today’s most esteemed scientific institutions—The Field Museum!

Welcoming the World
Get the scoop on how Chicago recovered from the Great Fire to host the greatest World’s Fair ever known!

The Wonders Inside
Meet many of the stars of the show—from exotic animals and mysterious meteorites to bizarre botanical specimens and incredible cultures from around the globe.

The Fair’s Legacy
Find out how Chicago’s own Field Museum became the home of artifacts and specimens from the Fair and a world-renowned center for natural history research.