Museum of Science and Industry

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This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Main Level, Allstate Court
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Science begins with wonder inspired by nature

Why does a tornado spin?
Why does a wave break?
Why does a flame burn?
Why does lightning strike?

Our questions about the world begin almost as soon as we're aware of it. Science can answer the questions, yet science is also the process of asking. The essence of science emerges from this deep human desire to observe the world around us and make sense of nature’s awe-inspiring phenomena. Science Storms is a journey that takes us from wonder to inquiry, curiosity to observation, investigation to understanding.

Science Storms reveals the science behind seven natural phenomena—lightning, fire, tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, sunlight and atoms in motion. Investigate the basic scientific principles behind nature's power as you try more than 50 amazing experiments that take two floors and 26,000 square feet to contain … barely. It’s a perfect storm of physics, chemistry and curiosity.

This permanent exhibit is included in Museum Entry, and does not require a separate timed-entry ticket. Join us on an adventure to discover science inspired by the spectacle of nature!

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Brought to you through the generosity of The Allstate Corporation, The Allstate Foundation, and The Grainger Foundation. Additional major funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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