Originally conceived as a permanent memorial to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, The Field Columbian Museum opened on June 2, 1894 with approximately 50,000 objects from the Fair. Today, the museum comprises nearly 30 million artifacts and specimens and is one of the world's leading natural history museums.
Over 2,000 objects remain on display from the Fair (out of approximately 27,000 items currently on exhibit); visit the Information Desk at Stanley Field Hall during regular visiting hours for tours and locations of objects.
See also Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair for highlights from our special exhibit in 2013-2014.
The Field Museum's legacy from the Fair is our natural history collections:
©The Field Museum, CSZ6227. Glass models of invertebrates pictured here in Hall 24 Lower Invertebrates of Field Columbian Museum, 1899.
Does The Field Museum Library accept donations of World's Fair materials? Though we are not actively collecting in this area, we occasionally accept donations: please email Museum Librarian Gretchen Rings at email@example.com.
Who can I talk to about getting an item appraised? The Field Museum does not provide appraisals; please locate a professional appraiser near you through the Appraisers Association of America.
Library Holdings: Available for viewing by appointment