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Field Museum of Natural History

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605
Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton

Sue, the largest and most complete (90%) Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton currently known.

Photo credit: By Shoffman11 (self-made and uploaded to en.wp) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is one of the largest such museums in the world. The permanent exhibitions, which attract up to 2 million visitors annually, range from the earliest fossils to cultures from around the world to interactive programming demonstrating today's conservation needs. Additionally, the Field Museum maintains a temporary exhibition program of traveling shows as well as in-house produced topical exhibitions. The professional staff maintains collections of over 24 million specimens and objects that provide the basis for the museum’s scientific research programs. These collections include the full range of existing biodiversity, gems, meteorites, and fossils, as well as anthropological collections and cultural artifacts. The Field Museum Library contains over 275,000 books, journals, and photo archives focused on biological systematics, evolutionary biology, geology, archaeology, ethnology and material culture.

The museum has been a shooting location for several movies, including "Damien: Omen II," the sequel to "The Omen." It's also a setting in "Dead Beat," the seventh novel of "The Dresden Files" paranormal mystery series. In one of the best-remembered moments of the series, Harry Dresden revives Sue the T-rex as a zombie and rides her into battle against a powerful necromancer.

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