Museum of Science and Industry-Chicago
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago—one of the largest science museums in the world—is home to more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.
Fourteen acres of Inquiry
Between the World War II submarine, five-story movie screen, 40-foot tornado and the 727, you might wonder how we fit this much discovery inside one museum.
Moments of Connection
The knowledge and memories you’ll gain on the tours, experiences and events at MSI are just as unforgettable as our exhibits. Our facilitators, experts, special guests and volunteers bring their subjects to life.Opened during 1933’s
Ours is the only building constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition’s “White City” that remains at the site. Built as the fair’s Palace of Fine Arts, it is now home to the Western Hemisphere’s largest science museum.
• More than 400,000 square feet of exhibit space
• Chicago’s only five-story, domed movie theater
• Student and teacher e-learning center with videoconferencing
• An 800-seat auditorium and two smaller theater spaces
• Thirteen Learning Lab areas for education programming
• Convenient indoor parking connected to the Museum’s Entry Hall
• Many amenities, shops and restaurants throughout
Exhibits and Programs
• Home to more than 35,000 artifacts.
• Public programming includes facilitated exhibits, special access tours, hands-on laboratory experiences, lectures, and special overnight events.
• Major permanent exhibits include:
– U-505 Submarine
– YOU! The Experience
– Science Storms, the Coal Mine
– The Baby Chick Hatchery
– The Great Train Story
– Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze
– Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle
– Pioneer Zephyr
• Improving science teaching for nearly 1,000 educators annually through our science teacher education courses.
• Inspiring 200 teens to consider science careers through our Science Minors and Science Achievers youth development programs.
• Bringing science into communities and reaching 11,750 children through our network of 100+ after-school science clubs, and another 150,000 Chicago youth through our summer learning partnership with the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Park District.
• Providing hands-on Learning Lab programs to more than 22,000 students.
• Introducing 41,000 youth and their families to STEM professionals at Science Works career events, Jr. Science Cafes and other opportunities.