“Celebrating Earth Day at the Museum of Science & Industry” by S.M. O’Connor

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is celebrating Earth Day by offering $5 off Museum Entry (general admission) tickets on Earth Day (Sunday April 22, 2018), so tickets for adults are $16.95 instead of $21.95 and tickets for children are $7.95 instead of $12.95.  Use the code EARTHDAY, which will only be good on April 22nd.

This will be an especially appropriate time to visit exhibits devoted to conserving energy, recycling, and sustainability: Extreme Ice and Earth Revealed.  Reimagine Chicago’s power usage by designing more environmentally friendly homes, vehicles, roads, and more in Future Energy Chicago.  This is also a chance to get a sneak peek at two new environmental science experiments designed for M.S.I.’s Summer Brain Games before their June debut.  One can create a cloud in a bottle and make one’s own simple pH indicator from red cabbage.  Guests who add a Wanger Family Fab Lab workshop to their visit will also take home an Earth Day globe, 3D printed using biodegradable materials.  Please note that Fab Lab workshops and Future Energy Chicago are not included in Museum Entry tickets and required separate, timed-entry tickets.

The Museum of Science and Industry is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Earth Day and most days throughout the year.  It has extended hours during peak periods.  There are only two days when it is closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Philanthropist Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), President of Sears, Roebuck & Company, founded the Museum of Science and Industry in 1926 through The Commercial Club of Chicago, of which he was a member.  Mr. Rosenwald wanted Chicago to have a large science and industrial museum modeled on the Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik (German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology) in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. His fellow trustees named the museum the Rosenwald Industrial Museum in his honor, but he was a modest man and asked them to remove his name.  In 1929, the trustees changed the name to the Museum of Science and Industry.

This year, the Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its first opening ceremony, during Chicago’s second World’s Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34).  It opened in three stages between 1933 and 1940.  The building that houses the Museum of Science and Industry, the Palace of Fine Arts.  Designed by Charles B. Atwood (1849-1896), it was built to house a temporary art museum for Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893), and afterwards it housed the Columbian Field Museum, which evolved into The Field Museum of Natural History, until 1920, when it moved into its new quarters.  Consequently, this year the Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the building and The Field Museum of Natural History is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its foundation.

The Museum of Science and Industry is located at the northeastern corner of Jackson Park in the Hyde Park community area on the South Side of Chicago.  It is at the southwest corner of 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The phone number is (773) 684-1414 and the Website is www.msichicago.org.

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