Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere and is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly
14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and
creativity. Since opening its doors in 1933, more than 180 million guests from around the world have visited the museum. Following is a list of just a few of the reasons for its popularity:
Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives: Through May 4, 2014. Explore nine decades of The Walt Disney Company’s history and artifacts.
exhibit featuring 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the Museum’s
extensive collection, carefully selected by MSI curators. Many of these special items are going to be revealed for the
first time! See how modern-day GPS started with the 1909 Jones Live Map
Meter. Check out the engine from a British Supermarine Spitfire plane,
made famous during World War II. View 78 more rarely seen items.
Coal Mine: Descend the mine shaft, take a ride on the rails and learn the technology of coal mining.
Ships Through the Ages: Follow the story of man’s quest to travel the seas with the Museum’s collection of model ships.
Swiss Jolly Ball: See the world’s largest pinball machine right before your eyes.
The Great Train Story: Witness 20-plus trains run on 1,400 feet of winding track from Seattle to Chicago.
Yesterday’s Main Street: Journey back in time and experience America in the early 1900s.
OMNIMAX THEATER: Sit back, relax and enjoy a scientific adventure in Chicago’s only five-story, domed, wrap-around theater:
Space Junk: Through Feb. 26, 2014. A visually stunning exploration of our planet’s perilous ring of orbiting debris.
The Last Reef: Through June 5, 2014. Take a thrilling underwater journey to explore the beauty and mysteries of coral reefs.
Museum Hours: Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Museum Location: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
(all photos from MSI website)