“When is the Museum of Science & Industry’s Adults-Only Night Event in September?” by S.M. O’Connor

MSI After Hours: Field Trip,” the adults-only night event at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) in Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago, will be Friday, September 20, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  One must be an adult twenty-one-years-of-age or over to attend this event.

Comedians from iO Chicago (originally known as ImprovOlympic), an improvised comedy theater and school, will be performing skits based on stories from the M.S.I. staff.  Tickets cover parking in the underground garage, a complimentary drink, light snacks, and access to select exhibits, including Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, the Chick Hatchery, and the U-505.  There will also be a cash bar.

A ticket costs $30.  Click here to purchase tickets.  If one has a question, one should e-mail msiafterhours@msichicago.org.

Next month, there will be fifteen Illinois Free Days at the M.S.I.  On Illinois Free Days, Museum Entry (general admission) tickets are free for all Illinois residents who show valid proof of residence such as a driver’s license or state identification card.  No further Chicago residence discounts apply on Illinois Free Days.[1]  As I wrote about yesterday, in September of 2019, the Illinois Free Days are the 3rd through the 5th, the 9th through the 12th, the 16th through the 19th, and the 23rd through the 26th.  This schedule is subject to change.

On most days, the Museum of Science and Industry is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but during peak periods it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) resumed at the M.S.I.  The institution regularly makes small adjustments to this schedule, so when planning a trip there, check this Webpage and the M.S.I.’s social media for updates.


9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019


Thursday, November 28, 2019

(Thanksgiving Day)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

(Christmas Eve)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

(New Year’s Eve)


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

(Christmas Day)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Friday, December 27, 2019

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Monday, December 30, 2019

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

(New Year’s Day)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020

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.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  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).  The M.S.I. is open every day of the year with two exceptions: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.


[1] On Wednesday, I wrote about thirty-three other institutions across Illinois that are participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s 2019 Museum Day®, and thus one need only download a Museum Day® ticket to get free general admission for two on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

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