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I've wanted to visit the Field Museum in Chicago ever since the T rex "Sue" went on display. And it was worth the wait. The fossil collection and the display of native cultures from around the world were impressive--I could easily have spent an entire week there.

Alas, though, some parts of the museum are showing their age. There is a large collection of taxidermy mounts that are now almost a century old, and are literally coming apart at the seams. It's time for them to make way for more modern exhibits.

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Rotunda. African elephants

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"Sue", a complete T rex skeleton

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Sue

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Rotunda. Two Pacific Northwest totem poles.

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Stone Egyptian sarcophagus

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Egyptian coffin, canopic jars, and grave goods

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Statue of the Egyptian lioness goddess, Sekhmet

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Natives of the Americas exhibit

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Plains Indian buffalo robe painting

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Pacific Northwest wooden masks

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Greenland kayak
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Inca pottery

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Right Whale skeleton

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Taxidermy hyena and its mounted skeleton

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Zuni pottery

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"The Ghost and the Darkness". The two man-eating lions from Tsavo that halted railroad construction in 1898.  Inspired the movie with Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas.

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Reconstructed Maori house

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A slave whip from the American South. Part of an exhibit on the history of the African slave trade.

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Pacific island outrigger canoe

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Yama, the Tibetan god of the dead

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Iron Chinese temple bell

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Tribal artifacts from Senegal

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Chinese theater costumes

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Fossilized tree stump

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Iron meteorites

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Fossil preparators working on a skeleton

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Section of bone bed from Nebraska, containing dozens of American rhinoceros skeletons

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Reconstructed Pteranodon hangs from the ceiling

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Triceratops skeleton

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Fossil stingray

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Human evolution hall, with reconstructed "Lucy" Australopithecus afarensis

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Mammoth skeleton

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Terror bird skeleton

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Aztec ceremonial obsidian blades

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Rotunda from above

Originally posted to SciTech on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:47 PM PST.

Also republished by Shutterbugs and History for Kossacks.

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