Museum Facts

Opened during 1933's Century of Progress in a building from 1893's Columbian Exposition, MSI is the place where generations have been coming to see what's next.



the building


Ours is the only building constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition's "White City" that remains at the site. Built as the fair's Palace of Fine Arts, it is now home to the Western Hemisphere's largest science museum.

the people


  • More than 190 million guests welcomed since 1933.
  • Nearly 1.4 million guests visited the Museum in 2019.
  • Nearly 300,000 children in school groups hosted in 2019, making us the top field trip destination among Chicago-area cultural institutions for the 11th consecutive year.
  • There were 26 million visits to and its webpages in 2019. 
the features

Exhibits and programs

the future

Education programs

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