Providing unique experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity since 1933.
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Explore the power of play with giant LEGO®-built structures and building challenges.
Descend the mine shaft, take a ride on the rails and learn the technology of coal mining.
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.
Unearth naturalist Henry Bates’ 11-year epic expedition through the Amazon rainforest.
Discover the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small.
Try your hand at manufacturing design in the Wanger Family Fab Lab.
Go to extremes with a photographer chasing our diminishing glaciers.
Collaborate in a fast-paced simulation to create a more sustainable city.
Four weeks of activities designed for the maker inside everyone.
Learn about one of the 20th century's most provocative symbols—the Doomsday Clock.
A special extended behind-the-scenes tour of the U-505 submarine.
Experience and even control the flights of aircraft from throughout history.
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.
Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Museum after dark.
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.
Preschool-age kids can look, listen and learn science stories—this event is open to all members.
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.
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.
Members are invited to an exclusive overnight adventure at the coolest campground in Chicago!
The Membership party of the year: behind-the-scenes tours and more!
Art, science and music come together at this late-night event for ages 21+.
Watch local school teams compete using vehicles built from scratch.
Explore your creativity with hands-on engineering activities and meet real-life engineers.
Builders of all ages and skill levels compete in a "crappy" robot competition.
Solve problems in a live stage show and tinker in interactive experiments.
Where your innate creativity meets high tech.
Explore the science of beer at this 21-and-over event.
Meet local engineers, artists, scientists and crafters at this all-day event.
Come and explore robotics technology at our robot celebration!