Museum of Science and Industry


Live Science Experience Essentials


  • Ages:
  • This live science experience is suitable for all ages.
  • Duration:
  • 15 minutes
  • Location:
  • Main Level, Farrell Family Court
    Museum Map

Can you think of a way to experiment with gravity and energy that's more fun than throwing stuff off a balcony? We couldn’t, either! Discover the difference between elastic and inelastic collisions as you observe our scientists as they chuck balls, water balloons, and other objects off of the balcony. Make predictions about how they will react once they crash into the floor 20 feet below!

For up-to-date information, please see the schedule at the Information Desk on Main Level 2. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.


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

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