The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history." In 1905, the Museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honor the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences. In 1921 the Museum moved from its original location in Jackson Park to its present site on Chicago Park District property near downtown where it is part of a lakefront Museum Campus that includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.

Partner Category: Cultural Institution or Organization

Centennial Activities

Saturday, July 11, 2009 11:00am to 2:00pm

Behind the Scenes at The Field Museum and Jardine Water Purification Plant

Field Museum

See the inner workings of Chicago’s Jardine Water Purification Plant — the world’s largest water filtration plant. Following the tour, hop on a water taxi and go behind-the-scenes at The Field Museum to talk to scientists about all things related to water and fishes. [MORE]

Exhibit : Friday, August 21, 2009 to Sunday, November 1, 2009

Burnham Memorial Competition Exhibit

AIA Chicago

This exhibit features David Woodhouse Architects' winning design and three-dimensional scale model for a proposed Burnham Memorial at a site on the Museum Campus just north of the Field Museum. DWA's design was one of 19 entries submitted by architectural firms throughout the country in the two-phase competition. [MORE]

Saturday, June 20, 2009 10:00am to 2:00pm

Family Field Day

Field Museum

Little explorers can save water in big ways! Join us for this program and explore practical, money-saving ways for recycling and saving water. Discover the importance of wetlands and how our lifestyle choices impact the environment.

This special program is part of the Field Museum's Water exhibit, open from June 17 through September 20. [MORE]

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 noon

It All Flows Downstream: Following Our Oil and Water Footprints

Illinois Humanities Council

This program, held in conjunction with the Museum's Water exhibit, will examine the impact of oil and water consumption on our lives.  It is also part of the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long statewide series: All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water. [MORE]

Thursday, April 2, 2009 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Environment and the City

Field Museum

Join The Field Museum, Field Museum and the University of Chicago's Civic Knowledge Project and the Neighborhood Writing Alliance for a special workshop exploring what the environment means in an urban setting, and how we can work together to create environmentally-friendly communities. This workshop will use short film clips and other interactive materials to help us think about how the "environment" plays a role in our everyday lives. [MORE]

Exhibit : Wednesday, June 17, 2009 to Sunday, September 20, 2009


Field Museum

Life cannot exist without it. But when was the last time you were amazed by water? Now you can immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating yet overlooked substances in the universe. In this exciting, interactive exhibition, you'll discover how water shapes our planet and impacts nearly everything we do. And how we impact the planet's water supply. See firsthand how water's power is harnessed. Step on a scale to find out what you're made of (hint: it's mostly water). And get your hands wet at this exciting, interactive exhibition. [MORE]

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Water: Sustaining our Blue Planet

Field Museum

Join us for a roundtable discussion on water, moderated by WGN radio host John Williams and featuring Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Peter Annin, author of The Great Lakes Water Wars. This forum will explore how water issues are related to health, poverty, globalization, and climate change on local, regional, and global levels. During our Q & A, engage with the speakers to discuss solutions to these critical issues.
Field Museum

Open to the public:
9am-5pm daily. Last admission at 4pm.


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