Embark on an exciting journey of discovery at the renowned Field Museum, nestled on Museum Campus at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois. Morgan Beatty, the Visitor Center Coordinator, ensures that every guest’s needs are met to create a memorable experience for all. Join Michael Herzovi, an actor and solo performance artist, as he explores the diverse exhibits at the Field Museum. From King Tut to Sue the T-Rex and the Spinosaurus, every corner of the museum offers a wealth of knowledge and wonder. Experience the Field Museum’s commitment to accessibility, with free wheelchairs available at all entrance doors, auditory and tactile guides, and sensory bags for visitors with sensory issues.

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MORGAN: My name is Morgan Beatty. I work here at the Field Museum. I’m the Visitor Center Coordinator, which means I talk to all of our guests in person, on the phone, or over email, and deal with everyone’s inquiries. The Field Museum is located on MuseumCampus at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois. The Field Museum has been around since 1893 with the Chicago World’s Fair. King Tut has been here twice. We have Sue the T-Rex, who is the most complete T-Rex ever found, and then our newest edition is the Spinosaurus, which is the only Spinosaurusin the Western Hemisphere, and it’s actually the most updated Spinosaurus skeleton in the world. The Field Museum realizes that when people travel, they’re traveling with their families, and families can be very diverse and have diverse needs. In order to accommodate an entire family, you need to accommodate every kind of person and every kind of person’s needs.



MORGAN: Welcome to the Field Museum.

MICHAEL: Thanks.Great to be here. My name’s Michael Herzovi. I’m an actor and a solo performance and a voice talent, and we’re here today at the FieldMuseum. I must have come here as a kid, either with school or with the family, but it’s been quite a while. Like a lot of people, I figured it was probably mostly having to do with dinosaurs, and sure, that’s a part of it, but there’s also a lot more. It was really interesting to see that there are exhibits around cultural things,  and even just the mammal exhibits were really impressive.

MORGAN: The Field Museum was constructed over a hundred years ago, so back then it was not terribly accessible, but we’ve taken the opportunity to update things to make it more accessible for people with both physical and cognitive disabilities. We have wheelchairs available at any of our entrance doors that are free of charge. In the visitor center, we have auditory and tactile guides and sensory bags for anyone with sensory issues.

MICHAEL: I like basically the whole experience. I also like that every exhibit has a really well-written descriptor, which really made an immediate impact. That was really interesting.

MORGAN: Being able to accommodate people in any of their needs is at the utmost importance to the Field Museum, and it’s at the utmost importance because we want everyone to share the same journey of discovery, to interact with all of our exhibits, to be able to experience them to the same level as everybody else.

MICHAEL: It was great to have someone take me around and could tell me about what I was looking at. I learned that also there’s exhibits that get swapped out and things that are a little bit more current. So it was definitely an eye-opener.

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