3/28/2023 to 1/28/2024

First Kings of Europe

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Driv
Chicago 60605
(312) 922-9410

This gathering of more than 700 exquisite objects— including jewelry, weapons, armor, and more— has never before been shown together.

Explore the rise to power of ancient Europe’s first kings and queens and discover how once egalitarian farming communities developed power, inequity, and hierarchy for the first time. Travel back to 5000 BCE to uncover what prehistoric tools, weapons, and ritual sculptures can tell us about life in the Balkans’ earliest societies. Venture through the trade routes that shaped the world as we know it today. Immerse yourself in the ceremonies of the Ages as you view a Neolithic altar, and hear the crackling fire of a life-sized funerary pyre simulation. See the precious axes, swords, and crowns that turned warriors into royals and forever changed the structure of society.

Time: 9am - 4pm

Cost: Requires admission plus separate ticket.

Ages: All ages


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