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“Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair” at The Field Museum

A few weeks ago, I got a chance to explore the new “Opening the Vaults” Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair” at The Field Museum. I’ve always been intrigued by history, so for me this exhibit was a must see.  So, what’s the exhibit about you may ask?  “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.”  So, before I headed to the museum I made sure I downloaded the Field Museum app to help make the tour easier for me to navigate. Here is what the app looks like(below), it was very simple to use and navigate and help makes your visit to the Field Museum so much easier.

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As soon as I logged in an started the tour the first thing that caught my eye was the accounting ledgers. The ledger showed in detailed how articles from the fair were organized and cataloged. It included information such at object descriptions, donor and more. The ledgers were later used to create a more advanced system in later years. I found this to be so intriguing, that even back then they realized the importance of creating logs regarding the origins of the artifacts that the Field Museum received.


 So, what can guests expect to see during a visit to the exhibit? 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.

Probably my favorite of all the artifacts was the animals and learning about Carl Akelely. Who is considered by many to be the father of Modern Taxidermy, as he was the one who came up with new an innovative ways to do taxidermy.


We also got a chance to learn about other cultures who came to the Worlds Fair to show fair goes how other people around the world lived.


And what’s an exhibit without mummies??


There was so much to see at the fair!!


But, I won’t give all of it away! If you are interested in the history of the fair or just want to learn more about its origins then this exhibit is for you. And for those of you who don’t know, The Field Museum was founded to commemorate the Fair. The Museum’s original collections were created from objects that were all displayed at the Fair. Scientists today still conduct ground-breaking research on the growing collections.

For more info or if you plan on stopping by the exhibit, I suggest you download the app here.

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

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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