“When is the Last U-505 In-Depth Experience of 2019?” by S.M. O’Connor

The U-505 is a German long-range attack submarine from the Second Great World War, a U.S. Navy war prize, a museum ship, and a National Historic Landmark.  The last U-505 In-Depth Experience event of 2019 at the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) will be on the morning of Sunday, December 8, 2019. This is an opportunity to take an in-depth guided tour of the U-505 submarine and explore the larger exhibit hall before the M.S.I. opens.  The event begins at 8:00 a.m. with the check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. 

UPCOMING 2019-2020 U-505 IN-DEPTH EXPERIENCE DATES

4th Quarter of 2019Sunday, December 8, 2019
1st Quarter of 2020Saturday, January 11, 2020
1st Quarter of 2020Sunday, February 16, 2020
1st Quarter of 2020Saturday, March 14, 2020
2nd Quarter of 2020Sunday, April 19, 2020
2nd Quarter of 2020Saturday, May 16, 2020

      Coffee and tea will be served at 8:00 a.m.  Subsequently, visitors will take an in-depth guided tour of the exhibit followed by an interactive guided tour on board the U-505, after which there will be free time to explore the submarine and the larger exhibit hall before the M.S.I. opens to the public.  American submariners (U.S. Navy submarine veterans) will be available to answer questions and share anecdotes.     

    This recommended age range for the U-505 In-Depth Experience is adults and children ages ten and up.  It is not included in Museum Entry (general admission), which is also required to attend.  [A Museum Entry ticket is $21.95 for adults or $12.95 for children (ages three-to-eleven) and free for Members.  One can save $2 by reserving Museum Entry tickets online.]  For the general public, the U-505 In-Depth Experience is $40 + Museum Entry, and, for Members, the U-505 In-Depth Experience is $35.  One may consult the “Accessibility Notes for the U-505 In-Depth Experience” here.

U-505 Submarine @ the Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
Figure 1 Credit: J.B. Spector, Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry Caption: The U-boat was on display in dry dock behind our East Pavilion of the Museum of Science and Industry from 1954 to 2004.  The New U-505 Experience exhibit opened in 2005 in the 35,000-square-foot subterranean McCormick Tribune Foundation Exhibition Hall.

      Be sure to check out the temporary exhibit U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories.  Located in the John and Rita Canning Gallery in the Central Pavilion, the ancillary exhibit is comprised of seventy-five artifacts, documents, and photographs the curatorial staff chose from the Institutional Archives and Collections storage.  On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the M.S.I. celebrated the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Task Group 22.3’s capture of the U-505 on Sunday, June 4, 1944.

U-505 75th Anniversary Exhibit: U-505 75 Stories
Figure 2 Credit: J.B. Spector, Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry Caption: U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories is comprised of seventy-five artifacts, documents, and photographs that tell the U-boat’s story.
 
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Figure 3 Credit: J.B. Spector, Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry Caption: The Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light opened Thursday, November 14, 2019 and run through Sunday, January 5, 2019.  The 45’ tall Grand Tree stands at the center of the Grand Rotunda on the Main Level of the M.S.I.’s Central Pavilion.  Nearly 60 Christmas trees and Holidays of Light display boxes radiate out from it around the Grand Rotunda and spiral out into the North Court, East Court, and South Court.

 

Closures and Extended Hours

      The M.S.I. is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this time of year during the workweek, but has extended hours on weekends.  The M.S.I.’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light festivals draw large numbers of visitors.  Normal hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) resumed on Monday, December 2, 2019 and continued through Friday, December 6, 2019; will resume again on Monday, December 9, 2019 and continue through Friday, December 13, 2019; and resume again on Monday, December 16, 2019 and continue through Friday, December 20, 2019. For the second and third weekends of December (Saturday, December 7, 2019 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 and Saturday, December 14, 2019 and Sunday, December 15, 2019), extended hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) resumed.  The fourth weekend of December – Saturday, December 21, 2019 and Sunday, December 22, 2019 – the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  On Monday, December 23, 2019, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  On Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (Christmas Eve), it will be open from 9:30 to 4:00 p.m. because the staff and volunteers will want to get home for Christmas like everybody else.  Naturally, it will be closed on Christmas Day (the first Day of Christmas), Wednesday, December 25, 2019.  From Thursday, December 26, 2019 through Monday, December 30, 2019, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (New Year’s Eve), it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., because the staff and volunteers will want to get home.  It will open late, at 11:00 a.m., on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2020) and close at 5:30 p.m.  From Thursday, January 2, 2020 and Friday, January 3, 2020, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) will resume on Saturday, January 4, 2020.  The Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry 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. 

EXTENDED HOURS AND EXCEPTIONS

HoursDate
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Saturday, December 7, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Saturday, December 14, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2019
Sunday, December 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Monday, December 23, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24, 2019)
ClosedChristmas Day (Wednesday, December 25, 2019)
9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 26, 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Sunday, December 29, 2019  
Monday, December 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, December 31, 2019)
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2020)
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.  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 Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry is housed in the Palace of Fine Arts, also known as the Fine Arts Building, which is the last palace from the White City fairgrounds of Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893), still standing in Jackson Park.  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.  The M.S.I. opened in three stages between 1933 and 1940, with the first opening ceremony on July 1, 1933.  These events coincided with Chicago’s second World’s Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34), which opened on June 1, 1933.

      OnThursday, October 3, 2019, the Museum of Science and Industry announced that the Board of Trustees had voted to accept a $125,000,000 gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.  M.S.I. executives and board members felt it would consequently be appropriate to change the Museum of Science and Industry’s name to the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry.  A multi-billionaire, Mr. Griffin is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of Citadel, Inc., a Chicago-based hedge fund.  His gift is the largest in the history of the science and technology museum, and one of the largest gifts to any cultural institution in Chicago. 

      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.

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