AAA Editor Notes
Museum of Science and Industry, in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood at 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., includes more than 14 acres of displays and interactive units. The Science Storms exhibit recreates some of nature's most powerful phenomena—tornadoes, lightning, tsunamis, sunlight, fire, avalanches and atoms in motion. YOU! The Experience allows participants to explore through more than 50 interactive displays what it means to live a vital, healthy life in the 21st century.
Also included is ToyMaker 3000: An Adventure in Automation, a toy factory staffed with an assembly line of 12 robots; The Great Train Story, a model train featuring more than 1,400 feet of track and 20 trains; and the Baby Chick Hatchery located in the Genetics: Decoding Life exhibit, where visitors can watch chicks hatch.
Other exhibits include the U-505 Submarine, the only German submarine captured during World War II; The Coal Mine, a working replica of an Illinois coal mine complete with mining equipment and underground train; Future Energy Chicago, where energy is transformed from one form into another; Fab Lab, a design laboratory that uses cutting-edge software and equipment; and WOW! Tour, a 1-hour behind-the-scenes look at the museum. The Henry Crown Space Center houses a five-story, domed Omnimax Theater. Special exhibits also are presented.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.