Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago, Illinois

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in the Hyde Park neighbourhood of Chicago invites visitors to discover the many ways in which curiosity and play propel innovation.

Opened in 1933, MSI is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere. The facility includes over 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, a five-storey movie theatre, an auditorium, and a learning centre.

Visitors explore innovations in various sectors including industry, engineering, transportation, and medicine. Among the highlights are playful exhibits that stir the imagination, such as the 3,500-square-foot model train exhibit called The Great Train Story, the Rube Goldberg-inspired Swiss Jolly Ball machine, and the interactive Idea Factory lab.

Temporary exhibits such as the LEGO-focussed The Art of the Brick and ToyMaker 3000 continue the museum’s work to promote interest in STEM-based activities.

The museum also hosts group visits, school field trips, and private events.

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