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China exhibit hall coming to Field Museum

August 26, 2014

By Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune

Aug. 26--For the next addition to its permanent exhibitions, Chicago'sField Museum of Natural History is looking far to the east. The Cyrus Tang Hall of China, opening next June in a gallery on the second floor, will showcase some 350 artifacts from the museum's collection, museum officials announced Tuesday morning.

"This exhibition has been years in the making," said museum president Richard Lariviere, speaking in an area that will be a reflective garden, with windows to Lake Michigan, when the China hall opens.

Covering the world's most populous country from prehistoric times to the present, it will represent a significant addition to the natural history temple's coverage of the world's cultures. Currently the museum's public displays about people concentrate mostly on those of the Americas and the South Pacific.

"China is one of the most important countries in human history and it's growing in importance in terms of contemporary matters," Lariviere said.

Entry will be ticketed via Discovery or All-Access Passes. The museum's last major addition to what are called permanent exhibition came in Nov. 2011, when it added "Restoring Earth," a tribute to museum scientists' conservation work.

The Tang Hall will showcase jades, bronzes, ceramics, textiles, burial objects and even a puppet theater. Multi-media presentations will tell the stories of the people who created and used the objects. More information to come at


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