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Chicago School Trip to the Museum of Science & Industry

Posted by Zane Anderson on November 16, 2020

Chicago School Trip to the Museum of Science & Industry

Opened during 1933's Century of Progress in a building from 1893's Columbian Exposition, MSI is the place where generations have been coming to see what's next. Keep reading for more information about Chicago school trip to the Museum of Science & Technology. 

The Museum of Science & Technology is the only building constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition's "White City" that remains at the site. Built as the fair's Palace of Fine Arts, it is now home to the Western Hemisphere's largest science museum.

The museum has over 2,000 exhibits, displayed in 75 major halls. The museum has several major permanent exhibits. Access to several of the exhibits (including the Coal Mine and U-505) requires the payment of an additional fee

Some quick facility facts: 

  • More than 400,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • Chicago's only five-story, domed movie theater
  • Student and teacher e-learning center with videoconferencing
  • An 800-seat auditorium and two smaller theater spaces
  • Thirteen Learning Lab areas for education programming
  • Convenient indoor parking connected to the Museum's Entry Hall

Some quick audience facts: 

  • More than 190 million guests welcomed since 1933.
  • Nearly 1.4 million guests visited the Museum in 2019.
  • Nearly 300,000 children in school groups hosted in 2019, making us the top field trip destination among Chicago-area cultural institutions for the 11th consecutive year.

Among the museum's exhibits are a full-size replica coal mineGerman submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the command module of Apollo 8, and the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr).

Make sure to check out what is currently available to see when planning your trip to the museum. 

When planning a school trip to Chicago, make sure to add the Museum of Science & Industry to your itinerary. Click the link below to begin! 

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Topics: School trips, Things to See, Chicago, education, STEM

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