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Providing unique experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity since 1933.
Plan a visit
Celebrate with the entire family at the Museum's beloved annual holiday.
Journey into the wild and awe-inspiring continent at the bottom of the world.
Discover how past and present Black architects respond to the ever-changing needs of humanity.
Uncover captivating mysteries of the cosmos through stunning visuals and pivotal discoveries.
Dissect a cow eyeball in this insightful laboratory experience.
Create holiday memories by visiting Santa and the Grand Tree with family and friends.
Explore modern aviation in a real 727 restored to its original 1960s look.
Experience the real U-505, the only German submarine in the United States.
Volcanoes is a tale of science, culture and thrilling adventure.
Try your hand at manufacturing design in the Wanger Family Fab Lab.
Experience and even control the flights of aircraft from throughout history.
Collaborate in a fast-paced simulation to create a more sustainable city.
Solve problems in a live stage show and tinker in interactive experiments.
Members can visit our holiday exhibits after hours.
Members can visit our holiday exhibits before we open to the general public.
Step aboard one of America’s first diesel-electric streamlined passenger trains.
Feel the physics and consider the chemistry of natural phenomena like tornados and avalanches.
Be "transported" into space or the sea with state-of-the-art motion-based virtual reality.
An exhibit about humanity’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examine the experience of life itself and the connection between mind, body and spirit.
Experience the enchantment of a fairy’s dream home in Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle.
Go to extremes with a photographer chasing our diminishing glaciers.
Discover the complex interplay between genes and environmental cues that produce new life.
Discover the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world.
Follow the story of man's quest to travel the seas with the Museum’s collection of model ships.
Travel from Chicago to Seattle in intricate detail on this massive model railroad.
Explore how humankind has flown, soared, sped and chugged throughout the years.
Step into a modern farm and explore the innovations that bring food to your table.
Immerse yourself in a world of tomorrow's inventions and today's visionaries.
Recapture the excitement of the Space Race and learn about the future of space exploration.
See the art and function of rarely displayed historic bikes alongside new cutting-edge bicycles.
Get an up-close and near “real-time” view of our planet Earth.
See the world’s largest pinball machine right before your eyes.
Investigate the reflection and focus of sound by sending the tiniest whisper across the room.
Journey back in time and experience America in the early 1900s.
Descend the mine shaft, take a ride on the rails and learn the technology of coal mining.
Young children can splash, stack and spin their way to testing scientific principles.
This assembly line of robots manufactures fun while assembling custom toy tops before your eyes.
An interactive walk through a piece of history that you'll never forget.