Enter this exciting space to experiment and explore new ideas through making.

Powered by your own curiosity and inspired by challenges in our world, you’ll have access to a variety of materials and tools to create your own solutions. Experience the processes of design thinking and innovation and learn about important contributions of African-American innovators to science, technology, engineering and medicine. Museum guests can participate in drop-in sessions, and school groups can reserve sessions.


Drop-in sessions

Roll up your sleeves, build a creation, and put your innovation skills to the test in this open studio environment. These drop-in sessions are open to Museum guests and last 30 minutes.

Sundays - Fridays: 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.
(no 3 p.m. on Thursdays)
Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Ages 6 and older; children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone. Maximum capacity is 30 people per session, including adults and chaperones.

Teens working on science projects in Innovation Studio
school and community group


These 60-minute sessions guide school and community groups through the innovation process to design prototype solutions for real-world challenges.

Mondays - Fridays: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Recommended for 5th grade and up; maximum capacity is 30. Included with Museum Entry, but groups must reserve sessions in advance at (773) 684-1414.

The Museum of Science and Industry’s annual Black Creativity program invites students, teachers, families and the public to explore the legacy of rich contributions and achievements made by African Americans while encouraging deeper interest in science and technology among youth. This year’s programming focuses on innovation, inspiring children to become innovators of tomorrow. For more information about the Black Creativity program, click here.