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U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY OPENS U-505 SUBMARINE: 75 STORIES EXHIBIT IN HONOR OF 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF U-505 CAPTURE

CHICAGO (June 4, 2019)—The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is honoring the 75th anniversary of the U-505’s capture – which took place on June 4, 1944 – with the opening of the U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories exhibit. Built from the Museum’s vast Collection and archives, the exhibit tells the U-505’s story through 75 rarely seen artifacts and photographs that detail what life was like for both German and American submariners. 

Located in the John and Rita Canning Gallery near the Museum’s main U-505 Submarine exhibit, guests exploring U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories will view personal items, uniforms and journals of submariners, plus:

  • Photos of the U-505 submarine, its crew, and Guadalcanal Task Force 22.3 taken out from MSI archives
  • Tools used to make U-505 repairs while in the Atlantic
  • Items inspired by the capture of the U-505 including a board game and comic book celebrating the actions of Captain Gallery, the Chicagoan who led the capture

After a nearly two-year long conservation effort, guests will have an even more realistic sense of a submariner’s life onboard the sub during WWII, by seeing the sub’s restored Control Room and the Galley Kitchen. Key areas of the sub like the Conning Tower and Aft Torpedo Room have also had years of deterioration methodically removed. Outside of the sub, guest can see the Life Raft that was used to carry the German soldiers from the sinking U-505 to American ships, partially inflated and restored on display. 

The U-505 is the first vessel captured by the U.S. Navy since the War of 1812. Its seizure, just two days before D-Day, was critical in helping the Allies understand German technology and codes. The 252-foot vessel was captured by the U.S.S. Guadalcanal Task Force 22.3, led by Navy Captain Daniel Gallery, a Chicago native. The U-505 is the only U-boat of its kind (type IX-C) in the United States and one of only four left in the world.

U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories and U-505 Submarine main exhibit are included with Museum Entry. The U-505 On-board Tour requires an additional, timed-entry ticket.

About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Welcome to Science Initiative, the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414.

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The exhibit tells the U-505’s story through 75 rarely seen artifacts and photographs.

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This colorful comic book was created exclusively for Captain D’s restaurant. 

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Guests will view personal items, uniforms and journals of submariners.

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Tools from a nearly two-year long conservation effort are also displayed.

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