Museum of Science and Industry

Smart Home: Green + Wired 2012

April 19, 2012 - January 6, 2013

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Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Lower Level, Smart Home
Museum Map
This exhibit requires an additional ticket with a specified entry time.
$8 adults/seniors,
$2 children (3-11)

See how to make eco-friendly living part of your life

One of Chicago's greenest homes is re-opened for 2012 with new decor and innovative ways to live green! On a 20-minute tour, explore the three-story home with an eco-friendly interior, showcasing re-used and refurbished pieces given new life by Chicago furnishing store Scout. See unique pieces like a dining room table that was formerly a maintenance table in a South Side steel plant, inventive light fixtures made from old globes, cabinets salvaged from an Illinois law office, and lamps made from reclaimed iron pillars.You’ll be inspired to recycle in a whole new way when you see how older furniture and home items have been transformed.

The latest in smart technology is also featured, from solar film on the roof to a state-of-the-art energy monitoring system. With help from technology blog Gizmodo, you’ll also see some of the newest high-tech home gadgets on the market today. Conclude the tour with a stroll through the Smart Park: discover native plantings; the vertical, rain and vegetable gardens; and a 40-foot wind turbine. See the home that has shown more than 300,000 guests new ways to live eco-friendly.

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This exhibit is not included in general admission and requires an additional timed-entry ticket. Tickets are $8 for adults and seniors, $2 for children 3-11.

Tour Times Daily Until 1:30 p.m. (later on certain dates)

Confirm the tour times on the date of your visit by seeing the online ticketing page, or call the Museum at (773) 684-1414. Tour times may vary and are subject to change.

Plan A Class Trip

Take a guided tour of the Smart Home for an engaging lesson in environmental science and technology.

Plan a Class Trip

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
More Information

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

  • Download the 2012 Smart Home resource guide to see the eco-friendly products, "green" ideas and resources found in the exhibit.
  • Exhibit Resource Guide (PDF)

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