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From cave paintings to fashions, The Field Museum offers something for everyone

(John Weinstein (c) The Field Museum)
Clothing and ornamental wear in the Amazon region take advantage of twisted palm cord and feathers from local birds. This is part of the exhibit Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto now on display at The Field Museum in Chicago.

CHICAGO – Whether it's walking down the runway in the latest fashions, or getting wrapped up in the world of a mummy, The Field Museum provides the old, the new, and the different.

Temporary exhibits at the museum have a little something for everyone. Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto does not show just museum pieces such as a vest made from crocodile skin, a rubber-coated dress, a necklace made from conch shells, or a seal intestine raincoat. The display is a combination of the museum's own fashions and the work of Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto.

Images of the Afterlife has been in the museum since last June. Visitors are in for a treat here. Two very old mummies from Egypt have undergone CT scans and 3-D imaging. Today's science makes it possible to see what the mummies looked like as living people. One is a woman, and the other a boy. Stop by and see who they are.

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence reveals bright spots in the world where flashlights are not needed in the dark. This exhibition opens March 7, when it will give visitors a look at glowworms, fish, and other creatures that use light in various forms. Some are used to find a mate or to frighten an attacker, and others use it to protect against burning in the sun.

Scenes From the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux will be ready for viewing starting March 20, the first day of spring. The paintings were found in 1940 in France. This exhibit recreates replicas of the artwork through the use of digital technology. Sauk Valley travelers can celebrate a new season by getting a glimpse of an old world. They will walk through a cave, see a Stone Age family, and learn what the paintings are all about.

One of the best parts about this exhibit is its very existence. The real caves are closed to visitors. This is an opportunity to see the paintings without risking any damage to the original, delicate work – it's as close as the curious can come to the real thing.

If you go

What: The Field Museum

Where: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Exhibits: Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence, March 7 to Sept 8; Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto, until June 16; Images of the Afterlife, until June 9; and Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux, March 20 to Sept. 8.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas

Cost: All-access pass – adults, $30; children 3 to 11, $21; seniors 65 and older and students with valid identification, $2

Basic – Adults, $15; 3 to 11, $10; 65 and older and students with ID $12

Discover Pass (museum and one special exhibition or 3-D film) – adults, $23; 3 to 11, $16; 65 and older and student with ID, $19

Advanced tickets can be purchased online or at the museum.

Information: Visit fieldmuseum.org or call 312-922-9410 for general information.

Parking: $19 for the first 4 hours in the indoor parking garage at the north end of Soldier Field, and $22 for more than 4 hours.

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