The Museum's exceptional spaces and exhibits provide whimsical surroundings for your special event, with a touch of interactivity. Call today – 773.753.2583
We offer over 8 different and unique spaces throughout the museum that can used along or in combination with each other for intimate groups of 20 to the entire museum for 12,000 guests. As always, 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
To find out more about having your event at MSI, call (773) 753-2583 to speak with your personal event planner, or complete our online Inquires form.
The art deco designed Rotunda space is located in the heart of the museum with direct access and views to many exhibits including Science Storms, The Great Train Story and You! The Experience. With large expanses and soring ceilings this space is ideal for large seated dinner, receptions and presentations.
- Capacity Seated: 1,800
- Capacity Reception: 3,000
- Entire Museum Capacity: 12,000
Your guests can dine in the shadow of a legendary WWII submarine. This impressive two-story space is perfect for separating reception and dinner. The U- 505 comes complete with dramatic lighting and a customized soundtrack. Guests can enjoy 200 artifacts, interactive exhibits and a docent led on- board tour.
- Capacity Seated: 250
- Capacity Reception: 700
Henry Crown Space Center
Guests will have an out of this world experience as they socialize alongside the original Apollo 8 Command Module, the Aurora 7 Mercury Space Capsule and the Lunar Module trainer.
- Capacity Seated: 150
- Capacity Reception: 325
Smart Home Garden
Reusable resources. Smart energy consumption. Sustainable gardens and green roofs. Environmentally-friendly technology. If that peaked your interest then our Smart Home is the exhibit for you!
Available for events with the rental of the Henry Crown Space Center, “Chicago’s Greenest Home” is the perfect place to sip a glass of organic wine while learning how to make eco-friendly living a part of your life.
- Capacity Reception: 350
Doing a presentation? The Omnimax is perfect for this. Your PowerPoint will be projected onto a five- story, domed, wrap-around screen. The theater was recently renovated with new chairs, carpet and LCD projection with digital sound.
- Capacity Seated: 330
Outdoor Porticos and Lagoon
Just in case our more than 400,000-square-feet of exhibit space aren’t enough for you, we have some outdoor options to consider as well. The North and South Porticos can be tented for up to 1,500 people. Enjoy beautiful lush landscaping. The South Portico is adjacent to the waterway created for the 1893 Columbian Exposition; Jackson Park Lagoon.
Both spaces are available with the rental of the Main Level.
This multifunctional space is ideal for larger daytime meetings offering a flexible 2 story space. The main floor can accommodate classroom seating for up to 100 people with locations for breakouts and food service in close proximity. In addition, the Auditorium and Little Theatre spaces can be incorporated in the rental.
Seated – 350
Reception – 800
Meeting Set - 120
Auditorium & Little Theatre
This traditional presentation facility is available for multimedia programs, screen presentations, and speaker programs. Adjacent space is available to accommodate a reception for up to 600 guests or additional programming.
- Auditorium Seated: 850
- Little Theatre Seated: 200
This new built space offers state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities and has available WIFI. This space may be set up for classroom seating, roundtable discussions, lectures or luncheon meetings and has adjacent space for all food and beverage service. This private space is available for meetings and events during regular museum hours making it perfect for meetings and groups.
- Seated: 120
- Reception: 200
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- Museum Hours
- Through Friday, May 24: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 25: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 26: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
- Through Friday, May 24: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Museum Location
Museum of Science+IndustryGetting Here57th Street and Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 606371 (773) 684-1414
Video Tour of Event Spaces
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- Happening Now
A stunning look inside the animal kingdom from the creators of BODY WORLDS.
A visually stunning exploration of our planet's perilous ring of orbiting debris.
- Coming Soon
Join us for hands-on projects, student discussions, live science experiences and more!
Revisit the memorable architectural and visual design of Chicago's 1933 World's Fair.
about the museum
Opened in 1933, the oldest science Museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere attracts approximately 2 million visitors per year.