This Sunday, we open at 11 a.m. due to the Chicago Half Marathon. Museum Hours
Providing unique experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity since 1933.
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Everyday items found at home can be used to make slime ... the gooier, the better!
Build a wind turbine to generate electricity and explore energy transformation.
Learn about types of energy in this puzzling and fun experiment.
Learn about energy as you send a marble through a roller coaster that you design.
See how electricity flows through a circuit that you build.
Use forensic science to analyze different types of candy.
Surprise your friends by making a can that rolls back to you when you tell it to!
Make a bungee cord of rubber bands to safely drop an egg so it doesn't touch the ground.
Explore what plants need to grow.
Turn used paper into new paper, and do something good for the environment.
You'll see that DNA is in all living things ... even strawberries!
See what happens when you mix together the three primary colors of light.
See how worms keep your garden healthy.
Mix a solid and a liquid to produce ... well, see for yourself!
Make some static electricity and see what it can do.
Simulate the economics of coal mining by "mining" for chocolate chips in a cookie.
Design a mini submarine that moves in the water like a real submarine.
See what happens when air is heated as you make and fly a huge hot-air balloon.
No two fingerprints are the same. Find out what kind you have.
Make music with drinking straws and learn about how sound works.