Museum of Science and Industry


Ahh, who doesn’t love the smell of old books? Well, maybe a lot of people. Old books smell a little funky because they are made of paper and other organic materials – and organic things rot! Preserving or appropriately storing a treasured book can take finding out the composition of its paper – a process which traditionally requires burning it. In order to not have to destroy the very...

In Washington D.C., at the Folger Shakespeare Library, there is a book bearing a faded and obscured handwritten name that scholars have struggled to decipher: the signature of a (if not the) “Wm Shakespeare.” As part of the Lazarus Project, a group from the University of Mississippi recently spent their spring break using modern imaging techniques to

What's worse than a worm in your apple? A 43-foot long snake that can eat you. Also known as king of the reptiles: Titanoboa cerrejonensis.

This mammoth snake, discovered in 2009, is in the spotlight again due to the new exhibit that opened last week at the...

Hooray! Just in case you had any doubt, MSI has the best fans a museum could want. Thanks to you, here are some recent examples of how our guests and fans support us online:

1.) In a city full of great museums, msichicago.org had more visitors last year than any other Chicago museum's website.
2.) On Chicago's 175th birthday, a


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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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