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Our Mission and Vision

  • Mission: to inspire the inventive genius in everyone.
  • Vision: to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering.

Who’s Coming Through the Doors

  • Nearly 1.5 million guests visit annually.
  • The Museum hosts more than 300,000 school children on field trips each year, making MSI the top field trip destination.
  • Approximately 40 percent of our guests visit for free.

A Student and Teacher Resource

  • The Museum has taken a leadership role in science education by creating and expanding the Welcome to Science Initiative, with innovative programs that empower teachers, engage the community, and excite students and Museum guests.
  • About 500,000 students and teachers are engaged with MSI and our science education programs each year.
  • About 1,000 middle-grades teachers participate in science teacher education courses each year.
  • Our network of 130+ after-school science clubs have the capacity to reach 10,000 children a year with fun, hands-on science.
  • Hands-on Learning Labs at the Museum invite about 19,000 students annually to explore topics like medicine, civil engineering and space travel.
  • MSI’s Jr. Science Cafes and annual Science Works career event connected 8,000 young people and their families with STEM professionals to learn about STEM careers.

Online and Virtual Engagement

  • MSI’s website, msichicago.org, receives more than 5 million visitors a year and contains more than 4,000 pages of original content on Museum information, exhibits, at-home science activities, and teacher and student resources.
  • In 2020, MSI reached 28,000 people with new virtual tours and online events, while new science videos received over 96,000 views.  
  • The Museum is on Facebook (msichicago), Instagram (@msichicago), Twitter (@msichicago) and YouTube (msichicago).