Museum of Science and Industry

Navy: Technology at Sea

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Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for Grades 4-8, Grades 9-12, Adults.

Navy: Technology at Sea showcases the science and technology used by the highly trained personnel of the U.S. Navy. This innovative technology is used to achieve the Navy’s mission of maintaining, training and equipping combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

After a brief overview of the Navy’s 200-year history, you'll experience what it’s like aboard real Navy ships including the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, the destroyer USS Arleigh Burke and the submarine USS Chicago.  You can tour each of the ships in a carrier battle group and learn how each ship plays a specific role in defending the group and attacking the enemy. Throughout the exhibit, you will find compelling graphics and insights into this branch of the U.S. armed forces.

  • Aboard the USS George Washington, you'll see where an A-7 Corsair II is stowed, learn about life on a carrier and the complex job of running this “city at sea.”
  • On the USS Arleigh Burke, the Aegis radar system and missile capabilities are explained. You'll step inside the Combat Information Center, and follow the battle as the carrier group supports the landing of marines on a hostile beach.
  • On the USS Chicago, a nuclear-powered submarine, boarders learn how the sub uses sonar to see underwater or avoid and attack the enemy.
  • Inside the USS Chicago control room, you'll use a real working periscope to look outside at Lake Michigan.

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