Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Since the doors opened in 1933, they’ve welcomed more than 175 million guests from around the world. Their mission, to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational, is realized through world-class exhibits such as: Science Storms, the newest permanent exhibit revealing the science behind some of nature’s most powerful phenomena;YOU! The Experience, an exhibit that lets you explore what it means to live a vital, healthy life in the 21st century; and the U-505 Submarine, the only German U-boat in the United States.
Even bigger than their mission is their vision, which is to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine. In addition to their fun and interactive exhibits, the Museum’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education (http://www.msichicago.org/education/case/) (CASE) is continually developing and facilitating student learning labs, after-school science clubs, teen volunteer programs, teacher development classes and community outreach—all ways in which MSI makes science come alive for children and adults of all ages.
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MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition (http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/mythbusters/)
Discovery Channel's Emmy®-nominated series MythBusters specializes in subjecting wild ideas to some wildly entertaining experiments. Think you need to know the show to get into the action? That's your first myth to bust. Just like the series, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition shows you how to uncover the truth or myth behind everything from blowing down a brick house to staying dry in the rain by running. Try a dozen hands-on experiments that will get your heart and mind racing, watch live MythBusting demonstrations, and explore authentic props and gadgets direct from the MythBusters set. Put your scientific curiosity into action in the world-premiere MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, now open through September 3, 2012.
This exhibit requires an additional ticket with a specified entry time.
Cost: Adults/Seniors: $10; Children (3-11): $8
Life in Space? (http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/life-in-space/)
Did Mars ever harbor life? Could humans live on the moon?
Potential answers to these two big questions are the centerpieces of Life in Space? This temporary exhibit features one of the only full-scale models of the Curiosity Mars Rover, and presents a prototype for how lunar colonists might be able to grow food on the moon.This exhibit is included in general admission.
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General Admission Cost: Adult: $15; Senior (65+): $14; Children (3-11): $10. City of Chicago residents get a discount - please refer to the MSI website for details.
Special Exhibits cost extra. Please see the MSI website for details.
The Museum of Science and Industry is located in the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood—just steps away from Lake Michigan and minutes from downtown Chicago.
If you have a car, there is a parking garage that costs $20.
If you don't have a car, take one of the buses listed on the museum website.