Chicago families can now experience prehistoric cave paintings
without having to go underground.
Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux opened
at the Field
Museum this week, transporting exhibit visitors to southwest
France, where the paintings were discovered in 1940.
The highlight of the exhibit is a life-size replica of part of
the cave that will make visitors forget they began their journey in
Chicago. Not only does the cave feature replicas of the discovered
paintings, an incredibly life-like stone-age family seems to be
seeking shelter inside.
For visitors who want to see more of the cave, the exhibit also
has a virtual tour of the Lascaux cave that puts the replica into
The walk-through cave is the only part of the exhibit where you
might have to remind the kids to keep their hands to themselves.
Before and after the cave walkthrough there are plenty of
interactive experiences for families. Using a large touch screen,
kids can try their hand at recreating a cave painting (it's harder
than it sounds), take a scan of a cave wall, and learn more about
prehistoric times. Even smaller hands can play along in the exhibit
with blocks, sliders and other interactive elements.
Stone-age artifacts from the museum's collections are featured
in the exhibit as well. Paired with video on how Paleolithic people
lived, visitors can get a full understanding of what it would have
been like on earth when the paintings were first created.
Jungman Elementary School in Chicago were among the
first to experience Scenes from the Stone Age on Tuesday. One of
the students, Francisco Pantoja, 10, said the class really enjoyed
"I like it that we don't have to go to France but France came to
us. The replicas made it like the real thing came to you," Pantoja
Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux is
open at the Field Museum through Sept. 8. Admission to the exhibit
is included in both the Discovery and All-Access passes to the
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
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