The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the most beloved and visited museums in the world, has origins that are tied to two great World's Fairs and to civic spirit and imagination of Chicago businessman Julius Rosenwald. Rosenwald, then Chairman of Sears Roebuck & Company, was inspired by a 1911 visit with his son to the Deutches Museum in Munich. He returned to Chicago determined to create America's first center for "industrial enlightenment," a vehicle for public science education. With the help of other Midwest business leaders, Rosenwald restored and converted the Palace of Fine Arts, the last remaining major structure from the 1893 World's Fair, into a new type of American museum - where visitors could interact with the exhibits, not just view displays and artifacts. In 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry opened to the public, at the same time as the Century of Progress Exposition.
The Museum of Science and Industry's mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational.
- The Museum is home to more than 35,000 artifacts.
- Public programming includes costumed program interpretation, daily science demonstrations, learning labs, lectures, performances, book signings and live videoconferences and special overnight events.
- Major exhibits include: U-505 Submarine, The Coal Mine, Baby Chick Hatchery, The Great Train Story, ToyMaker 3000, Genetics: Decoding Life, Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle, the Pioneer Zephyr, The Farm and Take Flight.
The Museum is housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. It was built as the fair's Palace of Fine Arts by Burnham & Root architect Charles Atwood and is now the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere. Facilities include:
- 14-plus acres of hands-on exhibits
- Almost 400,000 square feet of exhibit space
- Chicago's only five-story, domed Omnimax® theater
- Restaurants - the Brain Food Court, Brain Food Café and Finnegan's Ice Cream Parlor
- Gift Shops - The Big Idea, The Galaxy Shop, The Kid's Stop and the The U-505 Store
- An e-learning center with videoconferencing capability
- An 800-seat auditorium and two smaller theater spaces
- Four learning lab areas for special educational programming
- Convenient indoor parking connected to the Museum's Great Hall ticketing area
- Regular Museum hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Extended hours (until 5:30 p.m. each day) are offered during peak periods throughout the year.
-The Museum is open every day of the year but December 25.
General admission pricing: $11 for adults, $9.50 for seniors and $7 for children ages 3-11.