Museum of Science and Industry

Host Your Special Event at MSI: Spaces

Inspiring event settings, just steps from Lake Michigan and minutes from downtown Chicago.

MSI is one of the largest science museums in the world and is housed in the only remaining structure from the 1893 World’s Fair, which featured the famed “White City.” With thousands of exhibits, artifacts and “wow” moments that last a lifetime, MSI is a premiere destination for engaging special events. With unique and spectacular spaces throughout the Museum that can be used alone or in combination, we can create intimate spaces for groups of 20 or use the entire museum for up to 12,000 guests. Rental of any space includes the following: Complimentary underground, direct-access parking for evening events • Complimentary coat check • Guides and exhibit staff • Event security • Facility staff 

Contact us today to discuss the perfect setting for your event.

Entire Museum

12,000 guests

Rotunda + Balcony

1,200 to 3,000 guests

Entry Hall

600 guests

U-505 Submarine

200 to 700 guests

Henry Crown Space Center

150 to 325 guests

Columbian Room

80 to 130 guests

West Pavilion and Auditoriums

120 to 850 guests

Outdoor Porticos and Lagoon

Up to 1,500 guests


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Call (773) 753-2583 to speak with your personal event planner today.

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about the museum

Opened in 1933, the oldest science Museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere attracts approximately 2 million visitors per year.

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