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Field Museum of Natural History

  • World Columbian Exposition: Palace of Fine Arts

  • Hours: Open every day except Christmas. 9am - 5pm
  • Phone: (312) 922-9410
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Visit
  • Sight Category: Museums

The Field Museum, originally the Columbian Museum of Chicago, was created to house the exhibits from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Marshall Field, helped by Edward Ayer, became a major benefactor to fund the new museum. The first home of the Columbian Museum of Chicago was in the World's Columbian Exposition's Palace of Fine Arts, which is now the Museum of Science and Industry. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
D H Burnham and Company Architect
Graham, Burnham and Company Architect
1893/09/16 Columbian Museum of Chicago is incorporated by the State of Illinois to display artifacts from the World's Columbian Exposition World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago
1893/10/00 Marshall Field Benefactor The day after touring the World's Columbian Exposition with Edward Ayer, Marshall Field donates $1 million for the Columbian Museum of Chicago. World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago
1906/01/25 Marshall Field Benefactor Marshall Field's will is made public. Mr Field donates $8 million to the Field Museum and $100,000 to be divided between long-time Marshall Field employees.
1933/00/00 Martin A Ryerson Benefactor Ryerson will leaves $6 million to be divided equally among the Art Institute, Field Museum and University of Chicago. Ryerson and his wife, Carrie, agreed that one-tenth of the estate would go to her and the rest to charity.

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Particulars for Field Museum of Natural History:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Museum Type Museum
Level of Significance National
Architectural Style Neoclassical
Owner Private

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 75000647
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Burnham,Daniel H. and Co.; Graham,Burnham and Co.
Architectural Style: Classical revival
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Significant Year: 1906, 1921
Historic Function: Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Museum
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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