Field Museum virtual tour helps hospitalized kids see attractions from afar

CHICAGO — The Field Museum partners with WeGo non-profit to bring some of his favorite exhibits to kids who can’t attend in person.

A new way to walk among dinosaurs is underway at Field Museum, and this is a case of fossils from afar. Alex Milota, 14, has been a resident of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland for about a month.

“We worked with a nonprofit organization called the East Coast-based WeGo Foundation,” said Rudy Albsmeyer, senior director of public learning experiences at the Field Museum.

Albsmeyer said the nonprofit has recognized how lonely it can be for children to be stuck in hospital and has partnered with the museum to take them on a virtual journey through time through the power of technology.

On Thursday, Alex was the focus of the virtual outing, following tour guide Jeff Schroeder through Dinosaur Hall. And what visit to the Field Museum would be complete without a glimpse of the main attraction, a T-Rex named “Sue?” »

“He was an old t-rex that probably went through a lot in life,” Schroeder said.

Just like the children who participate in the unique program.

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“It was cool. It was a good mix for the day,” Milota said.

Alex and his mother say they both loved the experience, expressing that they hope to one day venture to Chicago to see the attractions in person.

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