Field Museum unlocks the White City vault

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120 years ago the Columbian Exposition gripped the world with its stunning displays of culture, technology, and architecture and put Chicago on the map.  It also launched the Field Museum we know today.

This Friday the museum  is unlocking its vault and taking visitors back to 1893 when the White City and its exhibits drew 25 million visitors .

65,000 exhibits covered Jackson Park and the Midway during the Worlds Fair.  Many of them, like taxidermy, animal bones, fossils and artifacts from ancient cultures had never been seen before . The displays helped debunk lingering superstitions on scientific things.

Because of research and collection done after the Columbian exposition, experts say the Field Museum now holds 25 million specimens from the fair and beyond.

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