Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

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Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry offers live science experiments, demonstrations and tours.
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry offers live science experiments, demonstrations, tours, exhibits, films and a U-505 German submarine. Anne Helmenstine

Western Hemisphere's Largest Science Museum

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. The museum covers almost 14 acres and houses over 35,000 artifacts. This is a place where you can get hands-on experience with science and even conduct experiments and make things. Here is a look at some of what this amazing museum has to offer.

Visitors to the museum can take field trips, plus even if you can't visit the museum, you can still benefit from it! The museum website offers free classroom activities and resources. There is a collection of brain games you can download, too, so you can challenge yourself from the comfort of your own home.

But, if you can, make the trip! This is my favorite science museum. There is so much to see and do. These images barely scratch the surface of what's there. If I lived even remotely close to Chicago, I'd be here all the time!

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Museum of Science and Industry

Canadian geese enjoy the lawn around the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Canadian geese enjoy the lawn around the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Anne Helmenstine
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Lake Michigan

The Museum of Science and Industry sits on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago.
The Museum of Science and Industry sits on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Anne Helmenstine

The beach is open to the public. When the weather is nice, you can get refreshments or rent recreation equipment.

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Exploding Hydrogen Balloon Demo

This is the before and after of the exploding hydrogen balloon demonstration.
This is the before and after of the exploding hydrogen balloon demonstration at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Anne Helmenstine at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
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Indoor Tornado

The Museum of Science and Industry has a huge indoor tornado or vortex.
The Museum of Science and Industry has a huge indoor tornado or vortex that you can control to learn about how tornadoes work. Anne Helmenstine

Although it looks like smoke, the tornado consists purely of water vapor or fog. You can touch it and even walk through it.

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Students and Indoor Tornado

Students visiting the Museum of Science and Industry learn how tornadoes form.
Students visiting the Museum of Science and Industry learn how tornadoes form, feel what one is like and learn that walking together opposite the direction of the vortex rotation can dispel it! Don't try that with a real tornado... Anne Helmenstine
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Colored Flame Chem Demo

Chemist Mitch at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry demonstrates how to color a flame.
Chemist Mitch at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry demonstrates how to color a flame with a metal salt. Anne Helmenstine
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Scale Model of Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry has a scale model of the city of Chicago.
The Museum of Science and Industry has a scale model of the city of Chicago. Anne Helmenstine
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Ice on Fire Chemistry Demonstration

Set ice on fire for a spectacular exothermic chemistry demonstration.
Set ice on fire for a spectacular exothermic chemistry demonstration. This is one of the live chemistry demonstrations performed at the Museum of Science and Industry. Anne Helmenstine
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Tesla Coil

The Museum of Science and Industry boasts a huge Tesla coil.
The Museum of Science and Industry boasts a huge Tesla coil. Visitors are treated to spectacular electrical discharges!. Anne Helmenstine
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Fire Science Experiment

Scientists are conducting research into more effective fire suppression systems.
One of the displays at the museum explains how scientists are conducting research into more effective fire suppression systems using fire, water droplets and lasers. Anne Helmenstine
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Science Mosaic

The walkway connecting the Museum of Science and Industry to Lake Michigan offers many mosaics.
The walkway connecting the Museum of Science and Industry to Lake Michigan offers many striking science-themed mosaics, like this one. Anne Helmenstine
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Avalanche Geology Disk

You can control the spin of an 8-ton avalanche disk.
At the museum, you can control the spin of an 8-ton avalanche disk to explore how gravity and friction affect the flow of solids. Anne Helmenstine

This is a mesmerizing exhibit. You can change the angle and speed of rotation, creating an ever-changing display. The point is to illustrate solid flow and show how avalanches work, but if they had a table top "home" version, I'd be the first in line to get one!

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Lunar Greenhouse Prototype

One of the temporary exhibits is a prototype lunar greenhouse.
One of the temporary exhibits is a prototype greenhouse that could be built on the moon to supply half of a person's food supply. An identical greenhouse works at the station in Antarctica!. Anne Helmenstine
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Prism Dispersion of Light

Prisms disperse light.
The Museum of Science and Industry has many interactive optics displays, including a prism you can manipulate to explore light dispersion. Anne Helmenstine
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Human Circulatory System

The Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago has preserved humans.
The Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago has preserved humans so visitors can see real human organ systems, like the human circulatory system. Anne Helmenstine
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