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The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the more attractions in Chicago and is one of the most popular museums in all of the US. Covering everything from the environment to space exploration and energy, the Museum of Science and Industry is the perfect destination for anyone with a yearning to learn.

First built in 1893 as the Palace of Fine Arts for the World Columbian Exposition, the building later became the Field Museum. However in 1921 the Field Museum moved to its permanent home in Grant Park, and the building was left unoccupied. Since the original building was only meant to be a temporary structure, the building quickly started to deteriorate until 1926 when Julius Rosenwald, the owner of Sears, Roebuck & Co. stepped in to save the building.

After a rather large investment on Rosenwalds part, in 1928 the newly restored building came to be known as the Museum of Science and Industry. The museum officially opened in 1933, and has been a popular Chicago attraction ever since. The museum encompasses more than 300,000 square feet and has more than 800 exhibits on display.

Popular exhibits in the Museum of Science and Industry include a 20 foot walk through model of the human heart, a reconstruction of a 1933 coal mine and a large exhibit that covers World War II paraphernalia. Visitors to the museum also enjoy compelling and educational films in the Omnimax Theater and the exciting flight simulators that put you in the pilotís seat.

While these are some of the most popular exhibits in the museum, there are many more to view as well, and certain attractions to change over time. If you are planning on visiting the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, plan on spending the entire day so that you may enjoy all the wonderful sights the museum has to offer.

Where is the Museum of Science and Industry: Jackson Park - 57th street and S. Lake Shore Drive

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information on current events visit the Museum of Science and Industry web site.
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Mary says:
Definitely worth a visit. We went there 2 years ago when visiting Chicago. You can stay all day.