Dive into the Jurassic period’s extraordinary underwater environment.
Chicago’s array of world-class museums and attractions never fail to impress with frequent exhibitions and events announced each year. Over the last couple of years we’ve been treated to exhibitions on history’s most famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, to interactive cinematic exhibits like Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, and arbor-inspired outdoor spectacles like Human+Nature.
The Field Museum’s latest exhibit will delight local dinosaur fans and anybody interested in the Jurassic period.
Opened on Friday, February 25th, ‘Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep’ takes visitors on an underwater journey where they can encounter some of the most fascinating, fierce, and strange creatures that dominated Earth’s Jurassic seas while dinosaurs ruled the land.
It features over 100 fossils ranging from enormous marine reptiles to small, stranger creatures as well as huge replicas and CGI projections that offer visitors the chance to come face-to-face with some of history’s most terrifying marine predators to have ever existed.
These include a true-to-life replica of a speedy reptile called an ichthyosaur, the skeleton of a long-necked plesiosaur, and a gigantic fossilized tail of one of a leedsichthys – one of the biggest fish ever discovered.
Produced and curated by London’s Natural History Museum, the exhibition is presented in English and Spanish, and requires a Field Museum Discovery Pass or All-Access Pass to enter.
“We’re excited to showcase these amazing encounters and let visitors experience the incredible diversity of the Jurassic oceans,” says Emily Parr, the exhibition’s project manager. “People have always tried to imagine what ferocious beasts might lurk beneath the waves. Through the exhibition, we’ll be able to show them the real monsters of the deep.”
According to the official Field Museum release “the public will be able to touch real fossils of shelled creatures from the Jurassic, feel the textures of replicated sea creature skins, and explore the features of marine reptiles on interactive touchscreens.
‘Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep’ will run from Friday, February 25th through Monday, September 5th. More information can be found at www.fieldmuseum.org.