Frederick C. Robie House

I still have a few blog posts pending from my recent trip to America. One that I am most excited to share is on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House. Visits are by guided tour only and are conducted by representatives of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. You can see the outside of the house without being on a tour, but, I highly recommend spending 50 minutes of your day exploring the interior and learning about it’s significance to American architecture.

History

Frank Lloyd Wright is generally regarded as one of America’s most influential architects. His aim was to find a style of architecture that felt native to America. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Wright settled on a style that was to become known as the Prairie Style. Common features include low-pitched roofs, no attics or basements, and long lines of bricks to emphasize the horizontal nature of the buildings. This reflected the long and low prairie landscape that surrounded Wright. Later in his life, he designed a particularly famous building, the Guggenheim in New York.Read More »

Museum of Science and Industry

Warning: the following post contains images of human specimens that may make some viewers uncomfortable.

Similar to The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry is a huge cultural institution that you could spend the whole day exploring. Everything from the building itself to the collection has a fascinating history. We never intended on visiting this museum. Why we decided to go will soon be revealed.

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The Field Museum

We have had way too much fun in Chicago! One major highlight of the past few days has been seeing the musical Hamilton. It was just, wow – worth all the hype and praise it deserves. I am trying to catch up with writing my reviews. Even though it has only been two days since I’ve last posted, we have managed to visit three museums and go on two tours. Before my terrible short term memory gets the better of me, I better start writing!

We visited The Field Museum on Wednesday because I needed (not wanted) to see Sue the T-Rex. The majority of this post will be dedicated to Sue so that’s all I’ll mention for now. There is so much more to see and do in The Field Museum. We only had the energy to walk around a couple of exhibitions. As with so many large institutions, the key is quality over quantity. Select what most appeals to you and focus on seeing that rather than trying to tackle absolutely everything. On that note…Read More »

International Museum of Surgical Science

The International Museum of Surgical Science is dedicated to enhancing an understanding of the history, development of, and advances in, surgery. It is the only museum in North America covering such subject matter. I wanted to visit for many reasons. Not only because of my current role, but also, because I’m genuinely interested in the history of surgery – except for when it becomes a little too gory.

The following post will start by covering the building and layout before moving into exhibitions and specific objects. Enjoy!Read More »

American Writers Museum

Greetings from Chicago where it is currently 1°C and snowing! Definitely a change from the desert heat of Las Vegas. Due to the weather, we decided that visiting a museum would be wise. The American Writers Museum, located on Michigan Avenue, is dedicated to celebrating the influence of American writers on American history, culture, and identity.

I really want to focus on the Museum’s interactives. In order to do that, however, I’m going to start with an overview of the Museum and its exhibitions. Read More »

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village

I literally have no idea where to even start with this review. I’ve been wanting to visit The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation for years. So much so, that we diverted our holiday for two days purely so I could visit. The Museum and Village are filled to the absolute brim with iconic objects and buildings, displaying everything from President Kennedy’s Lincoln to the Wright Brothers entire bicycle shop. I am going to divide this post into the Museum and the Village. Happy reading.

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The first place we visited was the Museum. I had a list of highlights to tick off including President Lincoln’s Ford Theatre chair and the Rosa Park bus. When we arrived, front of house staff (who were very welcoming) handed us a map and recommended some paths to follow. Read More »