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.
Rotunda. African elephants
"Sue", a complete T rex skeleton
Rotunda. Two Pacific Northwest totem poles.
Stone Egyptian sarcophagus
Egyptian coffin, canopic jars, and grave goods
Statue of the Egyptian lioness goddess, Sekhmet
Natives of the Americas exhibit
Plains Indian buffalo robe painting
Pacific Northwest wooden masks
Right Whale skeleton
Taxidermy hyena and its mounted skeleton
"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.
Reconstructed Maori house
A slave whip from the American South. Part of an exhibit on the history of the African slave trade.
Pacific island outrigger canoe
Yama, the Tibetan god of the dead
Iron Chinese temple bell
Tribal artifacts from Senegal
Chinese theater costumes
Fossilized tree stump
Fossil preparators working on a skeleton
Section of bone bed from Nebraska, containing dozens of American rhinoceros skeletons
Reconstructed Pteranodon hangs from the ceiling
Human evolution hall, with reconstructed "Lucy" Australopithecus afarensis
Terror bird skeleton
Aztec ceremonial obsidian blades
Rotunda from above