Museum of Science and Industry


75th Anniversary Celebration

June 17, 2008 - June 22, 2008



Event Essentials


  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • June 17-22, 2008
  • Location:
  • Main Level, Rotunda
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  • Tickets:
  • This event is FREE.

Celebrate the Museum of Science and Industry's 75th Anniversary for Free June 17-22!

In celebration of the Museum’s 75th Anniversary, the Museum is offering FREE general admission to all guests June 17-22. In addition, the Museum will host a weekend celebration of special events (June 19-22) that are free to the public, which include a grand cake-cutting ceremony, a performance by a "mad scientist" on June 19; an outdoor multimedia show with lasers, lights and fireworks on June 20; Radio Disney Party Patrol on June 21; and a movie on the Museum’s front lawn on the night of June 22.

Detailed Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 19

Cake-Cutting Ceremony with Ralph's World at 10:30 a.m. -   Help sing "Happy Birthday" to the Museum as a giant and spectacular cake, designed by Chicago's Cakegirls bakery (as seen on the Food Network) is unveiled.   Guests will enjoy some cake of their own, too. Disney artist Ralph's World will also perform.
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Enjoy amazing science "magic" shows featuring "Mad Scientist" David Willey, who has been featured on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
All Day - Face painters, costumed characters, balloon artists and more will entertain Museum guests.

Friday, June 20


Special Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cake-Cutting Ceremony at 2 p.m.
- Come see the Museum's giant cake and help sing "Happy Birthday" to the Museum. All guests will receive cake.
All Day - Face painters, costumed characters, balloon artists and more will entertain Museum guests all day!
8:45 p.m. - Join us for family-friendly science activities on the front lawn followed by an outdoor multimedia show at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.), featuring spectacular lasers, fireworks and video projections that highlight Museum milestones. Blankets and snacks are welcome, but no alcohol or pets allowed.  (If there is inclement weather, the rain date will be Saturday, June 21.)

Saturday, June 21


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
- The Radio Disney Party Patrol will offer music and entertainment for families in the Museum's Rotunda.
Cake-Cutting Ceremony at 3 p.m. - Come see the Museum's giant cake (at the Party Patrol stage) and help sing "Happy Birthday" to the Museum. All guests will receive cake.
All Day - Face painters, costumed characters, balloon artists and more will entertain Museum guests all day.

Sunday, June 22


Cake-Cutting Ceremony at 2 p.m. -  Come see the Museum's giant cake and help sing "Happy Birthday" to the Museum. All guests will receive cake.
All Day -  Face painters, costumed characters, balloon artists and more will entertain Museum guests all day.
9:30 p.m. -  The Museum will present a showing of the movie "Night at the Museum" on the front lawn at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). Blankets and snacks are welcome, but no alcohol or pets allowed. (If there is inclement weather, the movie will be shown on Sunday, June 29.)



Note for all Free Days and Events

  • Please note this schedule is subject to change. Return to this page for updates and rain date information for the multimedia show and movie on the lawn.
  • Please note that special exhibitions such as the U-505 submarine tour, Omnimax® Theater, The Glass Experience and Smart Home: Green +Wired will require an additional ticket and fee. Early arrival is suggested as these exhibitions do sell out quickly.


Special Hours

The Museum will close early at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 and will stay open until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20. 



Special thanks to our 75th Anniversary sponsors:

 


Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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