Blogs & Videos: Collections

A yellowed animal skull with large canine teeth, on a white surface and backdrop

What Makes a Man-Eater? Check the Teeth

In 1898, Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson shot two man-eating lions that killed dozens of workers building a railroad in Tsavo, Kenya. He wrote, “I have a very vivid recollection of one particular night when the brutes seized a man from the railway station and brought him close to my camp to devour.

Shelves of large, ornate books in different colors (green, brown, red, blue), many with gold designs emblazoned on their spines

Four Fascinating Finds in the Rare Book Room, from Audubon to Ole Worm

The Field Museum’s collection includes many different objects: dinosaur bones, dried plants, and ancient artifacts, just to name a few. But there’s another fascinating collection here that you may not expect: books. They’re located in an active, working library, where researchers can make appointments to pore through books and documents on a wide range of subjects.

Detail of intricate wood carving, with a man with a sword and a horse depicted

The Story Behind the Tushanwan Jesuit Orphanage Wooden Screen

This carved wooden screen has been a fixture in The Field Museum Library Reading Room for many years. Its origins were rediscovered in 2014 by visiting researcher William H. Ma, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of California, Berkeley. At the time, Mr. Ma was here helping with research on the Hall of China.

2016 By The Numbers

It's been an exciting year here at The Field Museum: we explored nature and culture all around the globe, continued making discoveries within our collections, and invited visitors to learn with us. To stay in touch and see what we're up to in 2017, sign up for our newsletter at fieldmuseum.org/newsletter and become a member at fieldmuseum.org/membership.  

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