Field Museum Exhibit Celebrates 1893 World’s Fair

"Opening Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair" displays rare artifacts from fair.

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"Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair" celebrates the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Tickets for the exhibit are included in the museum's Discovery and All Access passes. Visitors can see these amazing artifacts beginning Oct. 25, and they will be on display until September 2014.
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Visitors can see the same artifacts that fairgoers saw 120 years ago.
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The galleries also illustrate the Field Museum's history.
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The World's Fair set a world record for outdoor attendance. More than 700,000 people came for it.
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On display are pieces by Carl Akeley, a master of taxidermy who worked for a fair exhibitor and came to the Field Museum after the fair closed.
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This octopus was on display in the Anthropological Building of the World's Fair.
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This mammoth skeleton was also on display in the Anthropological Building of the World's Fair.
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Whale and ostrich skeletons.
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The fair also displayed botany collections.
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It also showcased a variety of fossils.
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These meteorites were displayed at the fair and eventually became part of the founding collections of the Field Columbian Museum.
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Fair organizers made different tickets for themed days to encourage attendance.
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Performers in the fair's Javanese Village wore these masks.
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Visitors can participate in interactive activities.
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More artifacts from the museum's exhibit.
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