- This exhibit is suitable for Grades 4-8, Grades 9-12, Adults.
- 1 hr. 15 min.
- Lower Level, Future Energy Chicago
- Part of this exhibit requires an additional timed-entry ticket.
- Energy Garden: Included in Museum Entry.
Energy Garden + Simulation Game: Requires a separate timed-entry ticket (see below).
You have the power to change Chicago’s energy future!
The challenge for our future is how to produce the energy we need while balancing the trade-offs, such as cost and the impact on the environment. Future Energy Chicago, MSI’s newest permanent exhibition, turns this challenge into a fast-paced simulation game where you compete to make the energy choices that create a more sustainable city ... and generate a lot of fun!
An amazing experience in two parts:
- Begin by rediscovering the nature of energy in the dynamic Energy Garden, where you can transform energy from one form into another, and get immersed in a beautiful short film that dramatically presents the story of energy in our world.
- Then convert your new knowledge into action in the Simulation Game, a multi-player challenge, where your team takes on the energy jobs of the future. Design a car, a house, a neighborhood, a transportation system and an electric power grid to save energy and make life better. The team with the most energy left at the end wins!
This exhibit is suitable for ages 9 and up.
The Energy Garden experience is included in Museum Entry.
The Energy Garden + Simulation Game program requires an additional ticket, which can be added to a Museum Explorer ticket package, and is a timed-entry experience available only at certain times during the day.
The exhibit is made possible by the generous support of BP and the Exelon Foundation. Additional funding provided by “Public Museum Capital Grants Program,” Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum; Anonymous; Elizabeth Ruth Bakwin; The Aunt Marlene Foundation; and Mr. Edward M. Bakwin.
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Future Energy Chicago press materials are available at the page linked below.