Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago The largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.

😱 AHH, there’s only one week left to see the hottest exhibit in town!  🔥  Feel the heartbeat of a once vibrant city, fro...
01/08/2024

😱 AHH, there’s only one week left to see the hottest exhibit in town! 🔥

Feel the heartbeat of a once vibrant city, frozen in time in Pompeii: The Exhibition.

🔗 Last call to journey back in time through Jan. 15! Reserve your spot now at msichicago.org/tickets.

It's Christmas time for over 250 million Orthodox Christians around the globe, who celebrate during the first week of Ja...
01/07/2024

It's Christmas time for over 250 million Orthodox Christians around the globe, who celebrate during the first week of January! 🌟 (typically the sixth or seventh)

The installation pictured above commemorates the holiday traditions of Serbia, featured in our Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit.

On Christmas, Jan. 7, straw is spread throughout the house representing the humble stable of Christ’s birth.

A Badnjak (Oak branch) replaces the traditional Evergreen. Sprinkled wheat grains and hot plum brandy welcome guests. ☕

🥜 Nuts are tossed in the four corners of the room symbolizing the cross. Sprouted wheat grass reveals the coming year’s bounty.

The holiday table is adorned with a candle, decorated sweet bread (Božićnjak), and Česnica, in which a lucky coin is baked. 🕯️

📣 January Illinois Resident Free Days! Kick off the new year with a Museum adventure.🔗 Skip the line, reserve ahead at m...
01/06/2024

📣 January Illinois Resident Free Days! Kick off the new year with a Museum adventure.

🔗 Skip the line, reserve ahead at msichicago.org/tickets
**Pricing applies at checkout.**

🐦 Who better to celebrate   with than Gwen, from Migration?Did you know engineers use flight concepts from birds to desi...
01/05/2024

🐦 Who better to celebrate with than Gwen, from Migration?

Did you know engineers use flight concepts from birds to design airplanes?🛫

Using design cues from nature in engineering is called "biomimicry."

From streamlined designs allowing for better aerodynamics to wing shape increasing lift, nature's aviators influence our journey to the skies above. 🦅

Chillin' on the Columbian Basin, circa 1900! ❄️🏛️Flashback a bit further to 1893 World’s Fair, when this body of water s...
01/04/2024

Chillin' on the Columbian Basin, circa 1900! ❄️🏛️

Flashback a bit further to 1893 World’s Fair, when this body of water served as the main entrance to the building.

🚣 Gondolas dropped guests off like VIPs at the steps of the Palace of Fine Arts.



Edit: World's Fair year updated from a previous typo!

Black Creativity takes the center stage for its 53rd year, starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15! 🎉Our annual ...
01/03/2024

Black Creativity takes the center stage for its 53rd year, starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15! 🎉

Our annual program honors the achievements of Black and African American artists and STEAM professionals while working to actively inspire creativity in young children of color.

📅 Save these key dates:

🎨 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition: Jan. 15-April 21. Explore the longest continuously running exhibition of African American art in the United States, featuring over 150 works from Black and African American artists from across the country.

💡 Black Creativity Family Day: Jan. 15. Engage in activities with Coffee, Hip-Hop & Mental Health and explore color psychology with contemporary artist Raven Smith.

🎶 Black Creativity Gala: Feb. 17. Join the annual celebration of Black creators, innovators and artists.

⚛️ Black Creativity Career Showcase & Meet Her: Feb. 24. Connect with Black STEAM professionals, explore opportunities, and attend the Meet Her talk highlighting a leading Black woman in STEM.

For Young Minds:

🧠 Junior Science and Art Cafés: Open to 4th to 8th graders from qualifying schools. Students will gain exposure to STEAM fields through hands-on activities and meaningful conversations with Black and African American STEAM professionals.

🔗Details at msichicago.org/blackcreativity

Featured artwork: Jerry Jordan, The Drawing Party, 2022, Oil on canvas. Courtesy Jerry J. Jordan

What makes snowflakes come to life? 🤔❄️Bundle up for a blizzard of science, inspired by the photography of physics profe...
01/03/2024

What makes snowflakes come to life? 🤔

❄️Bundle up for a blizzard of science, inspired by the photography of physics professor Kenneth Libbrecht.

From the beauty of individual snowflakes to the vital role of snow in our environment, the more you know, the cooler it gets! 🌨️

Another orbit, another year! ☀️If you could ring in a new year on another planet, which one would you pick? 🚀
01/01/2024

Another orbit, another year! ☀️

If you could ring in a new year on another planet, which one would you pick? 🚀

Ready to waddle into the   party scene. 🐧
12/30/2023

Ready to waddle into the party scene. 🐧

Just over two weeks left to journey back into the ancient world! Unravel the stories of a vibrant culture that thrived b...
12/27/2023

Just over two weeks left to journey back into the ancient world!

Unravel the stories of a vibrant culture that thrived before the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pompeii, frozen in volcanic ash and debris, stands as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of our time.

🚨 Pompeii: The Exhibition continues until Jan. 15. Secure your spot at msichicago.org/tickets. 🔗

🕯️ Kwanzaa begins today, an annual celebration of African/African American history and culture, based on ancient harvest...
12/26/2023

🕯️ Kwanzaa begins today, an annual celebration of African/African American history and culture, based on ancient harvest festivals derived from matunda ya kwanza, or "first fruits."

Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, the holiday highlights seven core (life Value) principles - Nguzo Saba. One of the Seven Candles is lit daily, starting with the Unity (Black) candle, then alternating red and green, reciting each principle until all candles are ablaze.

On day seven, the Feast "Karamu" with food, music, dancing, singing, and gifts for the children, as a new cycle begins.

Celebrate global holidays honoring light and enlightenment at Holidays of Light, running through Jan. 7. 🌟

🔗msichicago.org/tickets

🔔 🎄 Just a quick holiday PSA: We're closed on December 25 for Christmas Day. Don't worry— we'll be back and ready the ne...
12/24/2023

🔔 🎄 Just a quick holiday PSA: We're closed on December 25 for Christmas Day. Don't worry— we'll be back and ready the next day for post-holiday fun!

Slide into the new year with these must-see exhibits:

🎄 Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, through Jan. 7

🌋 Pompeii: the Exhibition, through Jan. 15

🔗 Plan your visit today at msichicago.org/tickets

Heading to the Video Ranch, any recos for the holiday weekend? 📼
12/22/2023

Heading to the Video Ranch, any recos for the holiday weekend? 📼

🌑🌟 The darkest day signifies the light to come. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest period of daylight of the year in...
12/21/2023

🌑🌟 The darkest day signifies the light to come. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest period of daylight of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Due to the tilt of the Earth, the Sun is at its lowest point on our horizon. 🌍

Almost every culture has some way of marking the Winter Solstice. Even the traditions of Christmas find origins in these ancient celebrations.

Celebrate global holidays honoring light and enlightenment at Holidays of Light, running through Jan. 7. 🌟

🔗Learn more at msichicago.org/holiday

🌕In 1968, Apollo 8 began one of the best holiday trips in history. The world held its breath as the first crew traveled ...
12/20/2023

🌕In 1968, Apollo 8 began one of the best holiday trips in history.

The world held its breath as the first crew traveled beyond Earth’s orbit, propelling us into an era of endless possibilities. 🚀

Fast forward to now, the same spacecraft that took Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and the late Frank Borman around the Moon and back stands tall at MSI, a symbol of curiosity and discovery.

Tomorrow marks 55 years since the historic launch!

📸: NASA
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Artifact on loan from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

❄️✨ Not all snowflakes are alike—some are made of a single ice crystal, while others are intricate formations of up to 2...
12/19/2023

❄️✨ Not all snowflakes are alike—some are made of a single ice crystal, while others are intricate formations of up to 200 fused crystals.

The iconic hexagonal structure of snowflakes is a result of the unique alignment of water molecules during freezing.

These stunning photos emphasize the diversity of snowflakes, encouraging us to observe the various crystal formations.

The next time you head down a slope or look up at a snowy sky, consider the magnificent complexity happening to create those beautiful, one-of-a-kind snowflakes. 🌨️⛄️🏂

📸 © Kenneth Libbrecht, SnowCrystals.com

👃Follow your nose to Yesterday’s Main Street to discover the Holiday Market Cart! We've got seriously tasty, Santa-appro...
12/17/2023

👃Follow your nose to Yesterday’s Main Street to discover the Holiday Market Cart!

We've got seriously tasty, Santa-approved snacks and hot sips that will sweeten your visit. 🍪

Check out this special offering during the most wonderful time of the year. 🎄

✈️ Taking Wright off into history! This weekend, we're honoring the 120th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' iconic fli...
12/14/2023

✈️ Taking Wright off into history! This weekend, we're honoring the 120th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' iconic flight that sparked the aerial age.

Join us on Dec. 16-17 in the Transportation Gallery for an aviation extravaganza:

👩‍✈️ Engage with real pilots, offering aviation tales and career insights.

🛠️ Explore the 1903 Wright Flyer's legacy with one of the co-builders of the MSI replica. (10 am – 2:30 pm)

🕹️ Take command and fly a single engine plane simulator with a professional airline pilot.

🚀 Soar to new heights with the VR Transporter, Flight Simulator, and Motion Ride! (Additional ticket required)

Let's make this weekend a flight to remember!

🕯️ Saint Lucia, whose name means "light," holds a special significance for the Swedish people enduring Scandinavia's lon...
12/13/2023

🕯️ Saint Lucia, whose name means "light," holds a special significance for the Swedish people enduring Scandinavia's long, dark winters. ❄️

🌤️ She symbolizes the returning daylight hours of spring and the spread of Christianity throughout Sweden.

The Swedish Christmas season opens with Saint Lucia Day on Dec. 13.

Early that morning, the eldest daughter of the house dressed like the saint in a white robe with a wreath of candles on her head.

🎶 She then wakes the household by singing the song "Saint Lucia" and serving the family coffee and saffron buns.

Explore global holidays honoring light and enlightenment at Holidays of Light. 🌟

🔗 msichicago.org/holiday

🎬 Catching a flick at the nickelodeon!Just a nickel treated you to continuous one- and two-reel films, accompanied by pi...
12/12/2023

🎬 Catching a flick at the nickelodeon!

Just a nickel treated you to continuous one- and two-reel films, accompanied by piano music, from about 1905-1915. 🎹

Nickelodeons helped birth 'the moviegoer,' but their success sparked their decline—due to rapid audience growth, the need for larger spaces, and the rise of feature films they helped inspire.

While their heyday was brief, they paved the way for the theaters we enjoy today! 🎟️

🌊 Exciting news! We’re taking The Blue Paradox exhibit's vital message beyond our walls and into schools, thanks to a ge...
12/10/2023

🌊 Exciting news! We’re taking The Blue Paradox exhibit's vital message beyond our walls and into schools, thanks to a generous $80,000 grant from SC Johnson, A Family Company!

MSI’s Education team is set to ignite the minds of 8,000 students in Midwest communities.

This week, “Water Lab” programming kicks off in Racine schools, increasing understanding of the global plastics pollution crisis by exploring:

🧪 Microplastics’ effect on water quality

🌊 Impact on the Great Lakes and how to reduce it

✅ Actionable ways we can turn the tide

Let’s keep making waves! A heartfelt thank you to SC Johnson, A Family Company for their incredible commitment to advancing science education in our communities. 🙌

Accessorizing is key 🗝️—ancient Roman style inspo for your holiday party 'fits. This timeless gold jewelry dates to the ...
12/09/2023

Accessorizing is key 🗝️—ancient Roman style inspo for your holiday party 'fits. This timeless gold jewelry dates to the first century C.E.

Uncover the heartbeat of the once bustling Pompeii with over 150 artifacts—jewelry, gladiator armor, tools, furniture, pots, and more.

🚨 FINAL WEEKS to wander through an ancient world in Pompeii: The Exhibition! Secure your spot at msichicago.org/tickets. 🔗

🎅 Whether you're naughty or nice, we've got the event for you! Celebrate the season at Naughty or Nice on Dec. 15. Our f...
12/08/2023

🎅 Whether you're naughty or nice, we've got the event for you! Celebrate the season at Naughty or Nice on Dec. 15.

Our festive after-hours, 21-and-up event features:

🎄 A forest of over 50 trees and displays representing global holiday traditions in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

☕ Seasonal cocktails and hot chocolate

🤳 Selfies with the MVPs themselves, Santa Claus and Krampus

🏛️ Exploring the Museum after hours

And more! Don't miss out—secure your tickets at msichicago.org/naughtyornice 🔗

12/08/2023

🌟Make every moment of your holiday visit count. Skip the line, reserve your ticket online! 🎟️

🔗Plan ahead at msichicago.org/tickets

🕎 Eight nights, eight lights. Tonight, Hanukkah begins! Jewish celebrations include lighting a menorah, a nine-branched ...
12/07/2023

🕎 Eight nights, eight lights. Tonight, Hanukkah begins!

Jewish celebrations include lighting a menorah, a nine-branched candelabrum, earning the holiday its nickname—the Festival of Lights.

Celebrate global holidays honoring light and enlightenment at Holidays of Light, running through Jan. 7. 🌟

🔗Learn more at msichicago.org/holiday.

🌊 💙The heartbeat of our planet is in our oceans—today, tomorrow, always. Dive below the surface to explore the impact pl...
12/07/2023

🌊 💙The heartbeat of our planet is in our oceans—today, tomorrow, always.

Dive below the surface to explore the impact plastic pollution has had on our planet's largest ecosystem.🌍

Together, we can join forces for a bluer future. Discover how in The Blue Paradox.

🔗msichicago.org/blueparadox

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The Blue Paradox is presented by SC Johnson, A Family Company in partnership with Conservation International.

Guess who's playing the King and Queen of Hearts in the Fairy Castle? ❤️👑🐭 Yep, it’s Mickey and Minnie! Walt Disney hims...
12/04/2023

Guess who's playing the King and Queen of Hearts in the Fairy Castle? ❤️👑

🐭 Yep, it’s Mickey and Minnie! Walt Disney himself donated this miniature masterpiece.

Can you spot it peeking through the Chapel doorway?

🎅 SANTA! We know him! Ho-ho-hop into a photo with Santa in his studio or pose for a group portrait in front of our magni...
12/03/2023

🎅 SANTA! We know him!

Ho-ho-hop into a photo with Santa in his studio or pose for a group portrait in front of our magnificent 45-foot-tall Grand Tree—your perfect holiday souvenir. 🎄

🍪 While you're creating unforgettable memories, don't forget to swing by our Holiday Market cart for some delicious Santa-approved seasonal treats!

🔗 Add a holiday photo onto your Museum Entry at msichicago.org/tickets.

Full STEAM ahead! 🚀 Celebrating an incredible first year of Phalanx Family Services "Phab Lab”— a collab modeled after M...
12/02/2023

Full STEAM ahead! 🚀 Celebrating an incredible first year of Phalanx Family Services "Phab Lab”— a collab modeled after MSI's renowned Wanger Family "Fab Lab!"

💡Chicago students demoed 3D printers and laser cutters, showing how the Phab Lab boosts STEAM engagement in Pullman.

This kicks off MSI’s "Spark Neighborhoods" project, bringing STEAM learning to communities.

Let’s keep the innovation going! 🌐🔬

⏰  Don't miss these savings on Winter Break Camp. Your young innovator will discover the wonderment of winter science! ❄...
11/30/2023

⏰ Don't miss these savings on Winter Break Camp. Your young innovator will discover the wonderment of winter science!

❄️Save 10% on registration with promo code WINTER10.

Details at bit.ly/47FHcw8. Valid through Dec. 1.

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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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