Nestled in the Hyde Park neighborhood is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.
It is known as the Museum of Science and Industry, and it’s housed in the Palace of Fine Arts which dates back to the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
Fun for adults and kids alike, more than 180 million visitors have walked through its doors since opening in 1933.
Spanning more than 400,000 square feet, there is much to see and do including:
Science Storms – It’s not every day that you can step into a tornado, and according to Steve Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, “you could spend half your MSI time in Science Storm and not a minute of it would be wasted.” This exhibit also allows visitors to observe and experiment with other natural phenomena such as avalanches, tsunamis, lightning, fire, and atoms in motion.
Extreme Storms – This temporary exhibit features a real seven-foot-tall ice wall and dramatic images that show the rapid pace at which the world’s glaciers are melting.
Ships Gallery – Presented by Captain Dave Truitt, this exhibit shows how ships were shaped by tasks and technologies. It features approximately fifty models that span eras from Phoenician traders to clipper ships, to banana boats to Leviathan, as well as a nearly life-size replica of a tall ship’s quarterback that visitors can board to learn the ropes.
Yesterday’s Main Street – Step back in time to explore a street scene from 1910 Chicago. Places to see along the way include Finnigan’s Ice Cream Parlor, Marshall Field, and Goussard Corset Shop.
If you’re considering calling Mondial River West home, please contact us to schedule a tour. In addition to cultural attractions, we’re also near top shopping destinations and award-winning restaurants.Back to all posts