Our questions about the world begin almost as soon as we enter it. Why does fire burn? What is lightning?
Before we even have language to express it, we are fascinated by nature. Kids eagerly ask about the color of the sky or the end of the rainbow. Grown-ups always seem to find themselves talking about the weather. We have a deep desire to interpret our observations of the world around us. Science can answer questions, but science is also about asking them.
Reclaim Your Inner Scientist
Reconnect with your sense of wonder in Science Storms. This permanent exhibit collects forces of nature under one roof, letting you observe and experiment with seven natural phenomena: lightning, fire, tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, sunlight and atoms in motion. Sure, you'll learn core concepts of chemistry and physics, but it's understandable if you're too busy controlling a 40-foot tornado, seeing 1.5 million volts strike or creating a tsunami to realize it.
(Except any day at MSI.)
Curiosity is the original renewable energy source. Tap into yours with these large-scale explorations of nature's wonder.
What happens when you mix together three random elements from the periodic table? What angle is best for launching a tennis ball the furthest? These and many other burning (and crackling and gusting and soaring) questions are here for you to ask and answer. After all, you're the scientist around here.
The spinning, cloudlike vortex of water vapor looks like it could blow off a witch's red shoes, though in truth walking through it is a pretty gentle experience. William Mullen Chicago Tribune
The museum is spectacular and lots of hands on displays. Our favorites were the lightning display and getting to stand inside a tornado! prariegal Saskatoon
You could spend half your MSI time in Science Storms, and not a minute of it would be wasted. Steve Johnson Chicago Tribune
[The concepts in Science Storms are] pretty complex concepts, but they apply to the real world and are put out there in an understandable way. Tom Skilling WGN-TV chief meteorologist
Brought to you through the generosity of The Allstate Corporation, The Allstate Foundation, and The Grainger Foundation. Additional major funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.