February - A Month of Free Admission to the Field Museum

Back by popular demand, The Field Museum will once again host “Free February,” which will grant free basic admission to all Illinois residents throughout the month of February. A 74-dollar savings for a family of four, Free February is an opportunity for visitors to discover – or rediscover – the wonders of the Museum, which contains one of the world’s most extensive natural history collections. From The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great and the Cyrus Tang Hall of China to ancient mummies and cretaceous creatures, visit The Field Museum in February for an interactive journey of scientific discovery unlike any other.

 

"Mask of Agamemnon

 

Illinois residents must show valid proof of residency. Visit the Field Museum website for details.

When: February 1-29, 2016; 9am to 5pm

Where: The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Il 60605

 

Alexander the Great Bust

With proof of residency, Illinois residents can enjoy free Basic admission throughout February. Visitors that want to upgrade to an All-Access Pass, which includes access to The Greeks, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China, and a 3D movie, can do so at an exceptional value of 20 dollars for adults and 14 dollars for children ages 3-11. Seniors and students may purchase All-Access Passes for 17 dollars.

 

The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great takes visitors on an exceptional journey through 5,000 years of Greek history and culture. Explore pivotal moments that led to the birth of Western democracy, philosophy, and theater, and meet some of the earliest rulers, warriors, and heroes of the ancient world.

 

Guardian Lions

The exhibition’s only stop in the Midwest is in Chicago and its appearance is the result of a partnership between The Field Museum and the National Hellenic Museum. In addition to The Greeks at The Field Museum, the National Hellenic Museum also will host related programs in its Greektown home. (See Chicago Splash Review)

 

Drama Mask

The Greeks (November 26, 2015-April 17, 2016)contains more than 500 magnificent ancient artifacts, many of which have never been seen outside of Greece. The artifacts in the show include iconic objects from the tombs of the Bronze Age rulers of Mycenae and the earliest aristocrats of Archaic and Classical city states.  Also included are astonishing finds from the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Visitors to the exhibition will get a glimpse into the individual lives of the Ancient Greeks including Minoan and Mycenaean rulers and priestesses, aristocratic warriors and ladies of Archaic Greece, athletes of classical Athens, and Philip II.

 

Imperial Robe

Explore a culture of deep tradition and dynamic change in The Field Museum’s new permanent exhibition, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China. Through textiles, rubbings, bronzes, ceramics, and sculpture travel across thousands of years of history of one of the world’s most influential civilizations.

 

Fifty Newly realeased scultures

 

The Museum’s curatorial expertise—coupled with its extensive collections—offers a unique perspective on the cultural traditions that underscore contemporary China. When it opens to the public on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, China will be the only major, permanent exhibition in the United States to examine Chinese culture and history from an anthropological viewpoint.

 

Malvina Tamil Man

 

Opened in January, The Field Museum’s newest exhibition, Looking at Ourselves: Rethinking the Sculptures of Malvina Hoffman, features fifty newly restored bronze sculptures from the 1930s originally commissioned by the Museum to depict different races from around the world. The exhibition explores these artworks from a modern lens, delving into changing views on race and telling the stories of the individuals depicted and the woman who sculpted them. Looking at Ourselves: Rethinking the Sculptures of Malvina Hoffman is included in free Basic admission.

 

Photos: Courtesy of the Field Museum

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