Museum of Science and Industry

The White City...Then and Now

Go back in time to visit the Museum during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.


Offered on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. See below for schedule.

This is an interactive exploration of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as The White City. You will get a chance to look at some of the buildings from the fair through our 3D virtual simulation, then go on an outdoor walking tour of the Museum's historic features. During this experience you'll have fun learning about some of the innovations, people and culture that made the White City influential, and how those innovators and their inventions still impact our lives today.

This experience is recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets do not include Museum Entry, which is also required to attend.

The White City...Then and Now Tour Dates

Tour dates for 2015 will be announced later this winter.


This experience is not included in Museum Entry, and requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.

Members: $30
Nonmembers: $35 (plus Museum Entry)

Order your White City…Then and Now and Museum Entry tickets by phone by calling the Museum at (773) 684-1414.

Notes: Accessibility and Weather
he outdoor portion of the tour is not wheelchair accessible. For more about accessibility, please call (773) 684-1414. Guests are advised to bring a coat during colder months. The tour will not go outside during extreme weather conditions.

Tours are subject to change, and may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance due to special events or limited attendance.

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
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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The Museum of Science and Industry opened its doors in 1933 and is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.

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