Saturday, November 30, 2013

PHOTO RECAP: ChiIL Out At The Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair #ad #spon

If 1893 could see us now, snapping photos of their world's fair exhibits & watching videos about them on our smartphones, let alone talking on something so small and wireless, it would truly seem like magic.   You can have the best of both worlds, by exploring a seldom seen slice of history via modern technology right now at The Field Museum!

Our family checked out the fabulous new exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum called Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair yesterday and the kids had so much fun they barely realized how much they were actually learning.   Before we went, we downloaded the new, free Field Museum app for Android (also iphones).   Click here to download it for yourself.  

Make a high tech or old school plan with a smart phone or a smart map. 

*ChiIL Tip:   Bring headphones so you can check out the cool videos on the Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair App Tour.  Log on to Field Museum WiFi once you get there for the best reception.   We were there the day after Thanksgiving with a capacity crowd and still had a strong, fast signal.   Uber impressive.

We dug this interactive exhibit that takes you back to 1893 to show you what visitors to the World’s Fair -- one of the greatest events in Chicago’s history -- saw 120 years ago.   This is the Chicago of my great grandparents and it's so cool to have this time machine of an exhibit to take us back.   The fair was a HUGE deal back in the day.  It would cost over 1.2 BILLION to do something of that magnitude today!   Thankfully, we're left with the legacy of The Field Museum and others due to the World's Fair.

We followed most of the tour on the app but one of my favorites was the sweet video and back story on the blown glass sea cucumber made by the father & son duo.  In 120 years since, people have never been able to figure out how they did it, or come close to recreating it!

*ChiIL Tip:   Play with the app ahead of time and make it into a treasure hunt for the kids to keep them engaged during Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair App Tour.

We live right in the city of Chicago and Field Museum has long been one of our family favs.   In fact, the stellar museums here are one of the big benefits of raising savvy urban kids.

What will visitors see?
    • More than 200 artifacts and specimens from every corner of the Fair’s grounds—from the Midway villages to a nautical exhibit moored in Fair’s pond. Some highlights include:
      • Fair memorabilia, such as one of the financial ledgers and tickets
      • Peruvian mummies, and 3D printed replicas of figurines found inside one of the mummy bundles
      • Instruments from the gamelan played at the Javanese village on the Fair’s Midway
    • Large-scale murals and atmospheric projections that will take visitors into the Fair’s grounds
    • Two digital interactives allowing visitors to explore and engage with the earliest Museum’s collections through new technologies
*ChiIL Tip:   PEOPLE from other cultures were put on EXHIBIT which sparked a great family discussion on human rights/pc museum practices/zoo animals/& multiculturalism still going on today!

Why an exhibition about the World’s Fair at The Field Museum?
    • The Field Museum was founded to commemorate the Fair
    • The Museum’s original collections are formed by objects that were all displayed at the Fair
    • The Field Museum has the single largest collection of items displayed at the Fair
    • The Field Museum is the legacy of the Fair: scientists conduct ground-breaking research on the ever-growing collections, and exhibitions display objects from its vaults for the public to see

Check out ChiIL Mama's slide show below for our full photo recaps.

We dug the CGI shows mixing live, modern day actors in period piece costumes and still photos from 1893.

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*ChiIL Tip:   Leave plenty of time for kids to explore the hands on elements.   My tweens (10 & 12) loved the interactive music section the most, but also spent lots of time exploring the technology used to examine a mummy unobtrusively.   

What is this exhibition about?
Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair takes visitors back to 1893, to the World’s Columbian Exposition—one of the greatest events in the history of Chicago and the U.S. The exhibition will show today’s Museum visitors what visitors to the Fair saw 120 years ago.

Exit through the gift shop for unique gifts for the holidays and beyond.  

We'll be reviewing this AWESOME Chicago 4D Cityscape puzzle at ChiIL Mama. It's available at the museum or at The Chicago Architecture Foundation (where we got our review copy).   They're running special architecture tours in conjunction with the Worlds Fair exhibit (another great gift idea)!

I couldn't put this one down!   It adds an extra layer of intrigue to this exhibit, interweaving architecture history and the macabre real story of a serial killer stalking the grounds of the World's Fair.

This one's high on my must read list.

*ChiIL Tip:   We highly recommend checking out the Underground Adventure, Creatures of Light:  Nature's Bioluminescence & Titans of the Ice Age movie when you need a bit of a sit down break.

Shrink ray down to the size of a penny and explore the insect world!

Make a fun souvenir at the entirely old school Mold-A-Rama and/or the squashed penny machine.   Both are inexpensive memory makers for your budding collectors.

Whether you live in or near Chi-Town or are thinking of paying us a visit, The Field Museum is a MUST SEE.

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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