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Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair

Fri Oct 25, 2013
Sun Sep 7, 2014

Luring millions to Chicago in 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition was a glittering showcase of architecture, culture, technology, and peoples from around the world. Not only the birthplace of the Juicy Fruit chewing gum and the Ferris Wheel, the World’s Fair also marked the triumphant debut of our very own Field Museum.  Now, 120 years later, the Museum is opening its hidden collections to display incredible artifacts and specimens that will bring to life one of the most spectacular events in the Windy City’s history in Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.  Get a look at objects that have rarely—or never—been on display since they amazed fairgoers over a hundred years ago, including a meteorite so feared it was kept chained in a dungeon.  Explore how the fair brought visitors closer than ever to unique wonders like exotic animals, international cultures, and strange new products from all over the world.  And see how Field Museum scientists continue to conduct ground-breaking research on the ever-growing collection using new technology. Discover how the fair lives on even today, only at The Field Museum.  

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair was created by The Field Museum.
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