Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago The largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. The Museum of Science and Industry gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the citizens of Chicago. Museum of Science and Industry Facebook Code of Conduct Respect is elemental. We consider our online communities an extension of the Museum. That’s why we welcome your questions, encourage discussion and work to inspire your inventive genius. And, just as we do inside the Museum, we value and respect diversity and ask that all members of our online communities do the same. That’s why we reserve the right to remove postings and block users that are not consistent with our guidelines, or are: • Malicious, obscene, threatening, intimidating, inappropriate, hateful, offensive, defamatory, libelous, slanderous • Promoting bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individuals • Discriminatory in nature based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age • Contains or could be considered spam, solicitations, or unsolicited commercial advertisement • In violation of any law or regulation • Not in compliance with Facebook’s Terms of Services (https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms)
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Make your own stencils and stamps for designing, build your own necklace or keychain from prototype materials, and desig...
02/22/2020
Black Creativity Career Showcase

Make your own stencils and stamps for designing, build your own necklace or keychain from prototype materials, and design a wind turbine using everyday materials at the Black Creativity Career Showcase next Saturday! More than 30 companies and organizations will bring 110 professionals to answer questions, lead engaging demonstrations and offer advice to young people about launching into a STEM career. Black Creativity Career Showcase is included with Museum Entry, get your tickets today!
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Learn how to turn a passion into a career by meeting African-American artists, scientists and engineers.

Start your journey as a creative leader inside MSI’s Black Creativity Innovation Studio this weekend. Create a prototype...
02/21/2020

Start your journey as a creative leader inside MSI’s Black Creativity Innovation Studio this weekend. Create a prototype of an invention that can solve real-world challenges out of everyday materials! Included with Museum Entry. msichicago.org/innovationstudio

This photo shows a dynamic performance by dancers Alyo Tolbert (left) and Marcea Thomas Daiter with the Darlene Blackbur...
02/20/2020

This photo shows a dynamic performance by dancers Alyo Tolbert (left) and Marcea Thomas Daiter with the Darlene Blackburn Dance Troupe for MSI's Black Esthetics program, called Black Creativity today, in 1973. Tolbert would later become artistic director of Muntu Dance Company of Chicago. Daiter received a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and went on to work with the great choreographer Talley Beatty in New York.

Tour through this program's history inside our Black Creativity: 50 Years exhibit. msichicago.org/bc50

Every summer we work with our Teen Advisory Committee on a wave of new ideas. Being a member of can earn a student 20 se...
02/19/2020

Every summer we work with our Teen Advisory Committee on a wave of new ideas. Being a member of can earn a student 20 service learning hours and a chance to create side-by-side with MSI employees. Applications are open through March 6. Share with someone that might be interested! msichicago.org/teenadvisory

02/18/2020

Knowledge is power. 💪 Motivation to get you through the week from Black Creativity Innovator and CEO and chairwoman of NextLevel Health Dr. Cheryl Whitaker.

Explore MSI and learn more about the Black Creativity Innovators during our Illinois resident free days Tuesday through Thursday! The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition and Black Creativity: 50 Years exhibition are free with your ticket. msichicago.org/bc50

Talk about sparks flying, but for a different reason.These Edison trial light bulbs were part of a contentious legal bat...
02/15/2020

Talk about sparks flying, but for a different reason.

These Edison trial light bulbs were part of a contentious legal battle. After obtaining a patent for the invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1880, Thomas Alva Edison spent a large part of the following decade in court fighting over the legal right to the patent for this invention (he eventually won the case). These bulbs were entered as official evidence in the 1893 patent infringement suit held in Chicago by Edison Electric Company against Edison’s competitors. The bulbs even retain their original handwritten court labels, which are on display inside our Science Storms exhibit today.

Artist Daniel "Sandman" Pope (left) and photographer Robert Abbott Sengstacke together at the Black Esthetics exhibition...
02/14/2020

Artist Daniel "Sandman" Pope (left) and photographer Robert Abbott Sengstacke together at the Black Esthetics exhibition in 1973. Pope created several exquisite crowns made of jewels for anyone to wear because he believed that everyone was a king or queen. Pope's crown and this photograph are on display now inside Black Creativity: 50 Years. msichicago.org/bc50

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02/12/2020
Ten women in science you should know

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Countless inspiring women have made historic contributions to science. Here are the stories of Alice Ball, Grace Hopper, Tu Youyou and others you should know.

02/11/2020

Today's Monday motivation is brought to you by the letter C. Coodie and Chike are filmmakers and Black Creativity Innovators, and they've made music videos with Kanye West, Erykah Badu, and directed the ESPN 30 for 30 film "Benji." They spoke with us about the importance of representation, and why the essence of everything we do is centered on creating.

Explore MSI and learn more about the Black Creativity Innovators during our Illinois resident free days now through Thursday! The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition and Black Creativity: 50 Years exhibition are free with your ticket. msichicago.org/bc50

Give a special someone a MSI-exclusive Valentine as another way to say iodine, livermorium, uranium. I Lv U.
02/08/2020

Give a special someone a MSI-exclusive Valentine as another way to say iodine, livermorium, uranium. I Lv U.

Brr! It's cold out there. Visit us this weekend where it's always warm and dry. Skip the line, get tickets online now! m...
02/08/2020

Brr! It's cold out there. Visit us this weekend where it's always warm and dry. Skip the line, get tickets online now! msichicago.org/ticketing

Sarah E. Goode created a transforming piece of furniture--a bed that could be folded into a desk for daytime use. Her in...
02/07/2020

Sarah E. Goode created a transforming piece of furniture--a bed that could be folded into a desk for daytime use. Her invention was specifically aimed at helping residents of crowded city housing, and preceded the Murphy bed by 15 years. The owner of a Chicago furniture store, Goode is the first African-American woman who was able to sign her name to a U.S. patent.

What began as an arts and culture festival in 1970 has evolved into a series of programs and events celebrating the cont...
02/06/2020
Black Creativity thrives in its 50th year

What began as an arts and culture festival in 1970 has evolved into a series of programs and events celebrating the contributions of African Americans in art and innovation. In its 50-year history, Black Creativity has continued this celebration through its Juried Art Exhibition and Innovation Studio where kids and their families can learn from innovators, and how their own potential makes them artists and innovators too. Learn more about the 50th anniversary of Black Creativity from the Chicago Reader.

The legacy of the Museum of Science and Industry exhibition is built on cultural representation and innovation.

Explore the Museum's one-of-a-kind exhibits at your own pace after everyone else has gone home during the Science Snooze...
02/05/2020

Explore the Museum's one-of-a-kind exhibits at your own pace after everyone else has gone home during the Science Snoozeum on March 20. Plus, participate in special activities, make your own science toys, and complete a scavenger hunt. Make your reservation today for your next slumber party with MSI! msichicago.org/snoozeum

02/04/2020

Failure? We love failure! TV personality, best-selling author, physician, and Black Creativity Innovator Dr. Ian Smith explains why you should love failure too.

Artist Mitchell Caton leads students through a mural project to coincide with the Black Esthetics Festival in 1974. Now ...
01/31/2020

Artist Mitchell Caton leads students through a mural project to coincide with the Black Esthetics Festival in 1974. Now known as Black Creativity, we celebrate the 50th anniversary by continuing to connect artists with the next generation of creators with programs like Family Day, Career Showcase, Jr. Science and Art Cafés and more. msichicago.org/bc50.
📸: Credit to Robert A. Sengstacke Photography Collection.

The sun is MIA this week, so we're getting even more excited for summer with the Teen Advisory Committee. Come up with n...
01/30/2020

The sun is MIA this week, so we're getting even more excited for summer with the Teen Advisory Committee. Come up with new events and exhibits, and think up ways to amplify MSI's voice on social media (TikTok, anyone?). Applications are due March 6, click to apply! msichicago.org/teenadvisory

The 50th Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition is the largest ever, featuring more than 200 works by African-American a...
01/29/2020
Museum of Science And Industry Provides Space For Budding And Established Black Artists

The 50th Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition is the largest ever, featuring more than 200 works by African-American artists from across the country, including youth artists. What started as a collaboration between the Museum and a group of local artists along with key staff members of The Chicago Defender, now includes the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, Innovation Studio, Career Showcase, Teen Summit and several other programs for kids and their families. Learn more about the history of Black Creativity and how the program has transformed over the last half-century from WBEZ below! bit.ly/2vpNp2s

The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition Celebrates 50 years in 2020. The exhibit will be on display through March 1.

01/27/2020

Black Creativity Innovator and founder of AeroStar Avion Institute Tammera L. Holmes giving us motivation on this Monday. Hear her thoughts on why our childhood dreams don’t always connect with our adult follow-through.

This weekend celebrate Black Creativity inside MSI’s largest Juried Art Exhibition ever. See more than 200 pieces of art...
01/25/2020

This weekend celebrate Black Creativity inside MSI’s largest Juried Art Exhibition ever. See more than 200 pieces of art created by African-American artists. Included with Museum Entry. msichicago.org/bc50

These photo strips show planning in process. MSI president Daniel McMaster (left) and Black Esthetics co-founder Robert ...
01/24/2020

These photo strips show planning in process. MSI president Daniel McMaster (left) and Black Esthetics co-founder Robert A. Sengstacke (right) are seen here going over plans for the festival in 1973. Their legacy continues as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this program, known today as Black Creativity. msichicago.org/bc50

01/20/2020
01/19/2020

Tomorrow is the kickoff to the 50th anniversary of our Black Creativity program! Join Super Heroic CEO and Black Creativity Innovator Jason Mayden in creating a superhero identity inside our Innovation Studio, and let everyone know that you're a superhero with a cape you can take home. Tomorrow is an Illinois resident free day, and capes are available while supplies last. Visit msichicago.org/tickets to reserve your ticket. In the meantime, hear from Jason about what skills today's youth should start practicing for a successful future.

Black Creativity started in 1970 to serve as a tribute to the culture, heritage and contributions of African Americans i...
01/17/2020

Black Creativity started in 1970 to serve as a tribute to the culture, heritage and contributions of African Americans in the arts. Now, 50 years later, the program has evolved to showcase the numerous achievements made by African Americans and encourages deeper interest in not just art, but also scientific fields inside the Juried Art Exhibition, Innovation Studio, Career Showcase and more. Check out this throwback of a family inside "Black Esthetics" in 1974. See the latest iteration of Black Creativity starting Monday – get advanced tickets now! msichicago.org/blackcreativity

The lights will be on and the doors will be open on Monday to the Black Creativity Innovation Studio! Wanna hear somethi...
01/15/2020

The lights will be on and the doors will be open on Monday to the Black Creativity Innovation Studio! Wanna hear something else that's super? You can create a superhero identity and make a cape on opening day, Jan. 20, with Super Heroic CEO and Black Creativity Innovator Jason Mayden. Cape-making inside our Innovation Studio is included with your Museum Entry ticket, reserve yours online today! msichicago.org/tickets

⏰Countdown to Black Creativity Family Day: 7 days. ⏰ On Jan. 20, join us for the opening of the 50th anniversary of Blac...
01/14/2020

⏰Countdown to Black Creativity Family Day: 7 days. ⏰ On Jan. 20, join us for the opening of the 50th anniversary of Black Creativity which includes the Juried Art Exhibition, the Innovation Studio, an Innovator Gallery and more! Plus, Family Day is an Illinois Resident Free Day. All Black Creativity programming is included with Museum Entry, get your tickets now! msichicago.org/blackcreativity

💡 We want bright ideas for our Teen Advisory Committee! Applications are now being accepted for this summer's session, w...
01/13/2020

💡 We want bright ideas for our Teen Advisory Committee! Applications are now being accepted for this summer's session, where kids ages 14-17 will explore behind-the-scenes of exhibits, brainstorm social media posts, and more. Click for details on how to get involved. msichicago.org/teenadvisory

Photo: X-Ray Tubes, c. 1900

Applications go live this Monday for our Teen Advisory Committee! We're looking for teens to give their insight on MSI e...
01/09/2020

Applications go live this Monday for our Teen Advisory Committee! We're looking for teens to give their insight on MSI experiences and exhibits this summer. Stay tuned for the link to apply. In the meantime, get your wheels turning on more out-of-school opportunities. msichicago.org/teens

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
01/07/2020

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Black Creativity, which celebrates African-American achievement in science, technolog...
01/05/2020

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Black Creativity, which celebrates African-American achievement in science, technology, engineering, art and medicine. On Monday, Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – see more than 200 works inside the Juried Art Exhibition, hear stories from Chicago innovators inside the Innovation Studio, and receive free Museum Entry for Illinois residents. Click to learn more about the Black Creativity program ➡️ msichicago.org/blackcreativity.

Things are looking up this weekend. About four stories up. msichicago.org/sciencestorms
01/04/2020

Things are looking up this weekend. About four stories up. msichicago.org/sciencestorms

Celebrate the first weekend of 2020 at MSI and enjoy hands-on exhibits and experiences including the last weekend of Mak...
01/04/2020

Celebrate the first weekend of 2020 at MSI and enjoy hands-on exhibits and experiences including the last weekend of Makers United. Reserve tickets now to build your own circuit band out of fabricated materials before this experience ends this Sunday! msichicago.org/makersunited.

We've celebrated a lot during the last decade. Check out this gallery of every Grand Tree featured in Christmas Around t...
01/03/2020

We've celebrated a lot during the last decade. Check out this gallery of every Grand Tree featured in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light during the 2010s. This weekend is your last chance to see the final Grand Tree of the decade, and both exhibits are open through Sunday – click to get advanced tickets now! msichicago.org/tickets

We've celebrated a lot during the last decade. Check out this gallery of every Grand Tree featured in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light during the 2010s. This weekend is your last chance to see the final Grand Tree of the decade, and both exhibits are open through Sunday – click to get advanced tickets now! msichicago.org/tickets

We've celebrated a lot during the last decade. Check out this gallery of every Grand Tree featured in Christmas Around t...
01/03/2020

We've celebrated a lot during the last decade. Check out this gallery of every Grand Tree featured in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light during the 2010s. This weekend is your last chance to see the final Grand Tree of the decade, and both exhibits are open through Sunday – click to get advanced tickets now! msichicago.org/tickets

We've celebrated a lot during the last decade. Check out this gallery of every Grand Tree featured in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light during the 2010s. This weekend is your last chance to see the final Grand Tree of the decade, and both exhibits are open through Sunday – click to get advanced tickets now! msichicago.org/tickets

Explore the only German submarine captured during World War II as part of the U-505 In-depth Experience. See the submari...
01/02/2020

Explore the only German submarine captured during World War II as part of the U-505 In-depth Experience. See the submarine and the exhibit before Museum hours, and hear stories from United States submarine veterans. The next date is Saturday, Jan. 11 – get your tickets today! msichicago.org/indepth

Welcome 2020 with this noisemaker. The French Le Testophone musical car horn, circa 1910, features eight trumpets, and d...
01/01/2020

Welcome 2020 with this noisemaker. The French Le Testophone musical car horn, circa 1910, features eight trumpets, and debuted during the height of the touring car era. Jump start your new year learning about planes, trains and automobiles at MSI. Click for advanced tickets. msichicago.org/tickets

Another year around the sun! Mars' New Year's Day is up next in about 354.9 days. Celebrate the start of the new decade ...
01/01/2020

Another year around the sun! Mars' New Year's Day is up next in about 354.9 days. Celebrate the start of the new decade with us tomorrow when MSI is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Skip the admission line and get advanced tickets now! msichicago.org/tickets

With a new decade just a few days away, we can't help but get a little nostalgic. Here's a look back at some of our favo...
12/30/2019

With a new decade just a few days away, we can't help but get a little nostalgic. Here's a look back at some of our favorite moments of the past 10 years.

With a new decade just a few days away, we can't help but get a little nostalgic. Here's a look back at some of our favorite moments of the past 10 years.

12/28/2019
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

The holidays don't have to stop just because a calendar says so. You can still see Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light this Saturday-Monday when we're open even longer from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click to get tickets now! msichicago.org/holiday

Bring the out-of-towners to MSI this weekend to experience a world of holiday traditions. We're open until 7 p.m. this S...
12/28/2019

Bring the out-of-towners to MSI this weekend to experience a world of holiday traditions. We're open until 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Explore Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, supported by Molex, before it closes on Jan. 5! Skip the admission line by getting tickets online. msichicago.org/holiday

12/27/2019
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of LIght

We haven't stopped holiday-ing just yet. Our annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Lights exhibits are open through Jan. 5. Come holiday with us this weekend! Skip the admission line and get advance tickets now at msichicago.org/catw. 🎄

Happy Kwanzaa! Nguzo Saba—the Seven Principles—form the core of Kwanzaa: Unity, self-determination, collective work and ...
12/26/2019

Happy Kwanzaa! Nguzo Saba—the Seven Principles—form the core of Kwanzaa: Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Beginning on December 26, families light a candle each evening for seven nights to celebrate these principles.

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The Largest Science Center in the Western Hemisphere

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. It was a moment of inspiration during a family vacation nearly a century ago. Watching his child enthralled by an interactive museum display, our founder Julius Rosenwald resolved to share that experience with Chicago. Since opening in 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago has been dedicated to inspiring the inventive genius in everyone with uniquely interactive experiences. We've hosted more than 180 million guests—or about a billion moments like the one that started it all.

Today, MSI is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, but also works to provide these moments of discovery beyond our walls. Through our Welcome to Science Initiative, we create learning experiences inside and outside the classroom and remove barriers that exclude youth from participating with programs for teachers, schools, families and communities. Together, these are the ways MSI brings science to life for children and adults of all ages, all while pursuing our larger vision: To inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science,technology, medicine and engineering.


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