Museum’s Collection Receives Digitization Grant
We're honored to receive the Museums for America grant, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)! This grant will allow us to build an online collections website that provides unprecedented free public access to 7,000 artifacts from our Collection for the first time ever. A selection of artifacts in the digital collections will include high-resolution 360-degree photography, 3D models and in-operation videos. MSI’s collections house more than 35,000 artifacts—from an “unassuming metal can” used in experiments by Robert Millikan to determine the charge of an electron that won him a Nobel Prize, to a treadmill for dogs that was used to power farm equipment. These artifacts and thousands of others in our collections document the human ingenuity used to explore our world, solve big challenges and build a better future.
In addition to academic researchers and the public, students and teachers will be a key focus for the digital collections, integrating digital artifacts and sets into MSI-developed Next Generation Science Standards-based teacher training and educator resources. It will also increase access for underserved audiences and those with physical and sensory disabilities, with a goal of using digital resources to enhance learning and support guests’ in-museum experiences.
New Corporate Family Day Amenities This Fall!
Corporate Family Day Benefits
For those who choose to visit in person, Corporate Family Day benefits include:
- Free Museum Admission: Employee and 5 Guests.*
- Free Special Exhibit Tickets: Employee and 1 Guest.* (Provocateur members receive Employee + 3 Guests)
- Access to the Corporate Family Day Hospitality Suite.
- 10% discount in the Museum Store and the Brain Food Court.
- New: Advanced ticketing is required. Tickets may now be reserved either online or via phone.
New: Virtual content for guests who prefer to enjoy the Museum from home. Online programming will include:
- Virtual Tours of The Great Train Story, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle and the Giant Dome Theater
- Science At Home experiments
- A behind-the-scenes look at our collections
Summer Brain Games
Discover your neighborhood and explore STEM in the city with Summer Brain Games. Build a simple electric circuit that pushes the boundaries of conductivity; see water in motion through the Gravity Sewer Challenge; learn cartography and the science of scale in a mapmaking adventure; and so much more. Summer Brain Games features free and fun at-home science activities that use everyday items and easy-to-follow instructions in English and Spanish. These hands-on science activities are perfect for kids of all ages (with just a touch of adult supervision).
Receive all the activities and a voucher good for four FREE Museum Entry tickets to MSI (one voucher per household) with registration. You'll also receive other emails with more ways to bring science into your summer. Ready to get started? Sign up below!
Summer Brain Games is sponsored by Wintrust and the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project.
Save the Date
A virtual celebration of Chicago’s inventive genius
40th Annual Columbian Ball
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Laura & Tony Davis
Virginia Simmons & Mark Stainton
Emcee: Bill Kurtis
President & CEO: David Mosena
This October, MSI marks 40 years of saluting the inventive and the extraordinary with its most unusual and remarkable celebration yet. Revel in the wonders of the Museum from the comfort of your home, as we highlight the creators, artists, inventors and innovators that thrive in our city. Dress up and tune in for a night of science surprises, virtually mingle with friends and enjoy special performances that bring the gala experience within your very own walls. It’s a one-night, one-of-a-kind celebration that only MSI can provide.