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Providing unique experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity since 1933.
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See how technology is transforming our clothes to enhance our lives.
Build your own wearable circuit band and join the maker movement.
An island preserved in time, yet on the cusp of dramatic change.
Discover the oceans' most astonishing creatures.
Ride along in pursuit of these elusive and destructive storms.
An interactive walk through a piece of history that you'll never forget.
Experience the real U-505, the only German submarine in the United States.
Descend the mine shaft, take a ride on the rails and learn the technology of coal mining.
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.
Discover the complex interplay between genes and environmental cues that produce new life.
Discover the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world.
Feel the physics and consider the chemistry of natural phenomena like tornados and avalanches.
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.
Float outside the International Space Station with a 360º view in this virtual reality experience.
A guided tour with behind-the-scenes access to Museum favorites.
Examine the experience of life itself and the connection between mind, body and spirit.
Step aboard one of America’s first diesel-electric streamlined passenger trains.
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.
Young children can splash, stack and spin their way to testing scientific principles.
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.
A special extended behind-the-scenes tour of the U-505 submarine.
What attracts us to conspiracy theories? Political scientist Eric Oliver has some ideas.
Get an up-close and near “real-time” view of our planet Earth.
Never-before-seen artwork offers an inside look into creating world-class exhibitions.
See the world’s largest pinball machine right before your eyes.
This assembly line of robots manufactures fun while assembling custom toy tops 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.
The membership party of the year: behind-the-scenes tours and more!
Members can celebrate Halloween early with spine-tingling science demonstrations, crafts and snacks.
Enjoy breakfast among the splendor of our legendary holiday displays.
Preschool-age kids can look, listen and learn science stories—this event is open to all members.
Solve problems in a live stage show and tinker in interactive experiments.