Visit our Brand New Meteorite Exhibit

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 19:47 -- pheck

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago opened a brand new exhibit on meteorites in February 2017. The exhibit features an exclusive display of four rare fossil meteorites that fell to Earth into an ocean 466 million years ago. In the Americas this is the only place which has fossil meteorites on exhibit. These rare specimens were loaned from private collector Mario Tassinari from Sweden. Other highlights are rare green meteorites, which are so-called ungrouped meteorites that came from asteroids we didn’t even know existed until a few years ago, the Chelyabinsk meteorite and a meteorite from Mars. Several of these pieces were loaned or donated by private collector Terry Boudreaux. For over a decade Terry Boudreaux has continuously provided the Field with loans and donations of precious and fresh meteorites for research and exhibit. The exhibit explains visitors the origin of meteorites with the help of text, images and videos on touch screens. There is also a large-format touch table that lets visitors explore different meteorites with scientific data from CT scans. Many of the specimens on exhibit were loaned or donated to the Field Museum from private collectors. The Field’s new exhibit is an example of how important the collaboration between private collectors like Boudreaux and Tassinari and the Field Museum is. The exhibit was possible thank to many donors. And of course without the major grant from the Tawani Foundation that founded the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies the curation of the exhibit, the collection and the research wouldn’t be possible. The exhibit is featured in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Photo: The new meteorite exhibit at the Field Museum. Photo: J. Knight.