Museum of Science and Industry


Although the exterior of the building was restored in 1933 to the way it had appeared in the 1893 World's Fair, the interior has been redesigned into 75 major exhibition halls. From its very beginning, the museum was designed for visitor participation, with lots of buttons to push, cranks to turn, and levers to lift. The 15-acres of exhibits are devoted to the applied sciences, engineering, and industry. You can roam the seas aboard a WW II German submarine; maneuver a Mars rover over alien terrain; zip through city streets in a virtual car chase; and walk through the heart of a 28-story-tall human. There's also an Omnimax Theater.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Other
Topic(s):Electricity, Forces, Energy, Green, Health, Simple Machines, Sounds/Music, Space/Transportation, Sports/ Games, Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The museum building is the last remaining major structure from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Palace of Fine Arts. Designed to be only a temporary building, it was in ruins by the 1920s. Julius Rosenwald, chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, saved the Palace from the wrecking ball by leading a crusade to turn it into a museum.