“When are Illinois Free Days in June at the Museum of Science & Industry?” by S.M. O’Connor

There are Illinois Free Days at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) on Monday, June 3, 2019, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  [Not coincidentally, this coincides with the M.S.I.’s celebration on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 of the 75th anniversary of the capture by the U.S. Navy of the U-505 on Sunday, June 4, 1944.]  On Illinois Free Days, the Museum Entry (general admission to the M.S.I.) is free for residents of the state who show valid proof of residency.  No further Chicago residency discounts apply on Illinois Free Days.  This offer is limited to six children (under eighteen) per one accompanying adult.[1]

      Giant Dome Theater films, Coal Mine tours, U-505 on-board tours, and certain temporary exhibits are not included in Museum Entry and require separate timed-entry tickets.  The Wired to Wear exhibit, Makers United workshop, Giant Dome Theater films, Coal Mine tours, Fab Lab workshops, the WOW! Tour, and Future Energy Chicago cost $12 per adult and $9 per child (ages three-to-eleven).  The U-505 Submarine On-board Tour costs $18 for adults and $14 for children.  Note that on June 4th only, the twenty-five-minute-long U-505 Submarine On-board Tour will be free.

It costs $22 per car to park in the underground garage at the intersection of 75th Street and South Cornell Avenue.  Members at the Individual Membership Level also pay this price, but Members at the Dual Membership Level pay $14 and Members at the Family Membership Level pay nothing.

Often stylized as the “Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago” or the “Museum of Science + Industry” the institution is located at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Jackson Park, on the south side of 57th Street, between Lake Shore Drive to the east and Cornell Drive to the west, in the East Hyde Park neighborhood of the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago.  Founded by Sears, Roebuck & Company President Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) in 1926, through The Commercial Club of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry opened in three stages between 1933 and 1940.  It occupies the Palace of Fine Arts from Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893).

Normally, the M.S.I. is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  However, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019; Monday, May 27, 2019; and from Saturday, June 22, 2019 through Sunday, June 30, 2019.  It will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.

[1] See chaperone-to-child ratios and policies for field trips and groups of fifteen or more.

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