World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 Collection


When the Museum opened in 1894, visitors could once again experience many of the exhibits they had seen at the fair. Thousands of objects exhibited at the Fair were donated or sold to the new museum, and they have been cared for by the Anthropology Department since then. Many of those objects have not been viewed by the public since 1893!

Anthropology in 1893 was a very new branch of social science, and leading anthropologists came together to build the anthropology exhibits at the 1893 World's Fair. Some went on trips dedicated to collecting objects to display at the World's Fair; others worked to construct exhibits inside and outside the Anthropology Building.

Image above: Cast of "Stela A" from Copan, Honduras. It is pictured here on display in the hall of Aboriginal Sculpture in the South Court at the Field Columbian Museum, c.1905. Collected by Edward H. Thompson, this stela cast was originally on exhibit in the Anthropological Building of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. © The Field Museum, CSA17054, Photographer Charles Carpenter.