The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
The Museum of Science and Industry is located at Jackson Park in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. The museum opened in 1933 and is now the largest science museum in the western hemisphere with over 2,000 exhibits throughout 75 halls covering about 14 acres. The museum's attendance record in 2009 made it the third largest cultural attraction in Chicago, having welcomed over 1.6 million guests.
Some of the museum's permanent exhibits include a working coal mine, a German Submarine captured in World War II, a 3,500-square-foot model railroad, the first diesel-powered passenger train, and a NASA spacecraft used for the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. Other exhibits feature flight simulators, military crafts, an assembly line replica, a 40-foot water vapor tornado, a 13-foot interactive heart and much more.
The museum has welcomed many traveling exhibitions in its history, some of which include Titanic: The Exhibition; Body Worlds; Leonardo Da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius; CSI: The Experience; Robots Like Us; City of the Future; Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination; and Harry Potter: The Exhibition.
This Chicago destination has garnered many awards:
- Named one of the Seven Wonders of Chicago by readers of the Chicago Tribune
- Named one of the country's 50 top family attractions in 2004 by Zagat Survey
- Voted best museum in Chicago by Citysearch.com users in 2003
- Named one of Chicago's top museums by Today's Chicago Woman readers in 2004
- Featured in the 2005 World Almanac For Kids
- Named one of the top 15 museums in the world by Life magazine's millennium edition