Exhibition Highlights

Exhibition Overview

Imagine entering the gates of “The White City” to witness one of the most spectacular events of the era—a global exposition of culture, science, architecture, and art so wildly popular that it ushered in an era of American optimism and economic growth.

Now, 120 years later, come re-live the phenomenon in the exhibition Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair, appearing only at The Field Museum from October 25, 2013, through September 7, 2014.

Explore archival photos and large-scale projections that transport you through time to experience the Fair’s size and grandeur. Then examine exotic entries from the original exhibits, including a full-sized model of a giant squid, an odd double coconut, and a meteorite so feared it was kept chained in a dungeon!

Through digital technology, you’ll learn to play one of the Museum’s most treasured artifacts—the Indonesian gamelan—an ensemble of musical instruments featured in performances at the Fair’s Javanese Village. And you’ll peer beneath the wrappings of a Peruvian mummy, one of the Exposition’s most mysterious marvels, to meet the child inside.

Don’t miss the chance to see the Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fairplan your visit today!