Museum of Science and Industry

Live Science

Take part in one of the free live-science experiences available daily in Science Storms! Visit the Information Desk on Main Level 2 to see what experiences are happening during your visit.


Explore the science behind lightning and electricity, and discover how the Museum creates an indoor lightning storm.

Happy Brrr-thday

Help celebrate the birthday of a scientist with this “cool” program that features balloons, noisemakers and tasty treats all activated with super-cold liquid nitrogen.

Exposed! UV Light

You might not be able to see ultraviolet light, but it definitely affects you. Learn how to better understand ultraviolet light and how to protect yourself, and take home your own ultraviolet light detector.

Caught in a Whirlwind

Join an MSI scientist at the 40-foot tornado to better understand the conditions necessary to create a vortex. Manipulate our whirlwind with drafts you create, and watch what happens!

Atom Party

Mingle with other atoms and find out if there’s anyone you really bond with. You’ll be assigned an atom – hydrogen, oxygen and others – and learn what they’re made of and how they create molecules.

Billion-Color Booth

Experience colors in ways you never imagined as you mix and match the primary colors of light. Be ready to think “outside of the booth” and prepare to be awed by the colors and hues your fingers can cue.

The Gravity of the Situation

Do objects fall at the same rate in a vacuum? Can a game of Jenga give insight into why buildings stand up? We’ll help you investigate this fundamental force.

Museum Hours
  • through January 3
    Daily* from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    * 12/24, 12/31, 1/1—closing 4 p.m.;
    Closed on Christmas Day
More Information

Museum Location
Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
Getting Here

Buy Tickets Online

More Exhibits

All Exhibits

Get our e-Newsletter!
Subscribe to the e-Newsletter
connect with msi!