Museum of Science and Industry

The Glass Experience

March 13, 2008 - September 1, 2008

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Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Main Level, Allstate Court
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This exhibit requires an additional ticket with a specified entry time.

Since its discovery more than 4,000 years ago, glass has been propelling innovation and discovery across the globe.

The Glass Experience explores how glass has shattered the paradigms of our world’s civilizations. The often overlooked material is all around us in many functional and decorative forms.  Discoveries such as air-locked vessels and vacuum tubes have lead to preserved foods, electric lights, television and radio. Lenses allow for night sea navigation, improved eyesight, and astronomical as well as microscopic discoveries. Heat tolerant glass allows for cooking and space flight, while glass fibers propel the communication age and insulate our homes. And, glass’ sheer beauty—seen in colors, facets, etching and shape—uplifts and illuminates our lives. 

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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