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Iconic Chicago Museum is Facing Difficulties

Posted: May. 8th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Although interest in science seems to have never been higher, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is still having a difficult time in our recovering economy. If you're in Chicago, make sure to show this place some love, especially if you have the family with you.

The economy may be on the rebound, but many cultural institutions are still struggling to regain their financial footing. That's especially true for one of the country's most recognized museums — the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Known internationally for its research as well as its exhibits, the Field Museum must pay off millions in bond debt — and toe an ethical line as it does.

The first thing you see when you enter the main hall of the Field Museum is Sue, the largest specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex around. "A woman fossil hunter found her, Sue Hendrickson," docent Jan Lariviere tells a crowd. "Sue and her dog were out fossil hunting and they saw the backbone sticking out of a ridge in South Dakota."

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