During the Fourth of July week, we decided to take a trip downtown Chicago to visit “Jurassic World: The Exhibit” at the Field Museum. I was a little nervous about taking my 5-year-old daughter. Would she have nightmares? Would she cry the whole time? So in preparation, I told her about the pretend dinosaurs, showed her photos, and then asked her if she would like to go. Her answer was a resounding “YES” and I am thrilled to report she loved it. I would not recommend the exhibit for children under age 4 as I think the giant, roaring, lifelike dinosaurs could be a bit scary.
From Geneva, it’s about an hour and 20 minute drive right into the museum campus parking. That was leaving at 10 a.m. on a weekday to avoid rush hour traffic. Parking is $22.
The tickets into the Field Museum plus the cost of the exhibit are a bit pricey. We bought the basic museum entrance: $22 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 11. The exhibit costs an extra $15 for adults and $10 for children. To save money, there are several free admission days. Also, looking into a membership may be worth it.
You will be asked to choose a time for entry into the exhibit.
During the summer, there is also an exhibit-only entry in the evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children.
The exhibit runs through January 7, 2018.
Length of Exhibit
Expect to spend about an hour in the 16,000-square-foot tented exhibit. Side note: I recommend having children use the bathroom before entering.
Jurassic World is a walk-through wonderland of Isla Nubar that wows. Unlike most museum exhibits, it’s a bit more entertaining than educational, but we’re not complaining. Proving to be one of the most attended exhibits in history and for good reason, the exhibit’s animatronic dinosaurs are incredible and impressive. Throughout the experience, video-guided by a ranger, we encountered many dinosaurs towering over us and thrashing about, including a Brachiosaurus, a Velociraptor, and a ferocious T-Rex. The attraction does a great job of keeping the restless, rapidly moving dinosaurs behind bars or out of reach. This makes the journey a lot less harrowing for little ones.
In between dinosaur encounters, we toured the “lab” and got a close look at amber extractions, dinosaur eggs and embryos. Here, my daughter designed a computerized replica of a dinosaur that we emailed home.
In addition, there is a hands-on innovation center where kids can assemble mini dinosaurs, put together dinosaur puzzles, color dinosaurs and make digital postcards.
The exhibit exits into a gift shop where you can buy related merchandise.
Overall, I give the Jurassic World exhibit two thumbs up. It is truly spectacular, isn’t terrifying, and it opens the door for children to get excited about learning the true history of dinosaurs.
About the Author: Annie lives in Geneva with her husband and active daughter, age 5. They enjoy exploring various activities and play places and are always looking for something new and different to do.