MSI, which opened during the Century of Progress in a building from the 1893 Columbian Exposition, is where generations have come to see what's next. The museum launched its website in 1995 and began offering free admission on Sundays in 2004.
MSI was built for the World's Fair by the Chicago firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. The fair itself wasn't enough motivation for them, since they also planned to use the same company to build the Louisiana State Pavilion, which didn't happen due to financial difficulties. After the fair ended, MSI continued to grow thanks to donations from individuals and corporations who saw the value in having a world-class science museum right here in Chicago's lively downtown area.
The current building was designed by the Boston-based architect Peter Marino and completed in 1998. It replaces an original structure that was built for the 1939 World's Fair but was destroyed by fire two years later.
Marino has said he wanted to create a building with "the clarity of glass" that would allow people inside the museum to see everything going on outside even on rainy days. He also wanted the building to be as environmentally friendly as possible. There are solar panels on the roof that generate some electricity and there are also trees planted around the perimeter of the property.
The Museum of Science and Industry is housed in the old Palace of Fine Arts in Chicago's Jackson Park. MSI contains about 2,000 exhibits and an estimated 1.5 million visitors every year. It is one of the largest museums in the United States.
The Palace of Fine Arts was built by American architect Howard Van Doren Shaw between 1926 and 1930. The museum opened its doors to the public on February 4, 1936. In addition to containing MSI, the building is home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the winter season.
Jackson Park is a large public park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Located near the lake shore, it covers over 400 acres (1.6 km2). The park is known for its numerous monuments and memorials, including those of President James A. Garfield and Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.. It is also the site of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the site of many major events including the NATO Summit in 2016 and the Lollapalooza Festival in 1991.
If you visit Chicago, make sure not to miss out on going to Jackson Park! The Palace of Fine Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily except for Christmas Day. Entry is free but donations are accepted. Children under 16 years old are free all day long.
Between November 14, 2019 and January 20, 2020 This yearly exhibition of gorgeous holiday trees adorned by area designers and artists will be accessible to the public beginning November 14th and running through January 20, 2020. With nearly 40 distinct...
The museum will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
On Christmas Day, December 25, the museum will be closed to visitors. The next day, January 2, it will re-open at 10 a.m. Both days are declared national holidays by Congress.
Hours for the rest of the year are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+), students with ID, and free for children under 17. Members also receive discounted rates.
Admission includes entry into the museum's four floors of exhibits. There are additional costs for special events, such as concerts and lectures. Find out more about fees here.
The museum is located at 301 North Columbus Avenue in Tampa. Parking is available at the Citrus Park Theater across the street from the museum, or in parking structures nearby.
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