There is so much to see and do at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, where 14 acres of exhibits and experiences promise fun (and educational!) moments for all. This November, three amazing exhibits are opening their doors, giving museum guests the chance to soar like a bird, stomp along with wild things, and experience the joy of the holidays with a little Lego decor thrown in for good measure.
Above and Beyond // Open NOW!
This fall, the museum is commemorating 100 years of flight and space exploration with a brand new, immersive exhibit that propels guests into the future of aerospace technology and air travel: Above and Beyond. As you enter the 5,000-square-ft. space, you'll be welcomed with a short movie that highlights the epic quest to challenge the limits of flight. Then it's time to test your flying skills: Step into a simulated space elevator that takes you to the edge of space, design and test a supersonic fighter jet to face off in a virtual, high-speed flying competition, and experience a flying simulation with motion-sensing technology.
"MSI is honored and excited to host Above and Beyond in Chicago to celebrate 100 years of aerospace history and success," said Anne Rashford, director of special exhibitions. "Guests will enjoy the many opportunities in this exhibit to learn about the past, present and future of flight and space exploration."
The exhibit runs through January 8, 2017. A free, timed-entry ticket is required, available at the exhibit entrance.
Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak // Opens November 10
Let the wild rumpus begin! Everybody's favorite wild things are stomping on down to the Museum of Science and Industry this November, when Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak opens, offering visitors the chance to step into the fantastical world of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the beloved children's book Where the Wild Things Are.
Fifty original artworks by the beloved author include sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he influenced their careers and touched their lives.
The exhibit opens Thursday, November 10, 2016, and runs through Monday, February 20, 2017.
Christmas Around the World // Opens November 17
During the holidays, the Museum of Science and Industry gets dressed up in its holiday best. The annual Christmas Around the World exhibit showcases more than 50 trees and crèches, each festooned with traditional ornaments and decorations by members of Chicago's ethnic communities. This year's celebration is inspired the museum's temporary exhibit, Brick by Brick (running through February 2017), and you'll find Lego-inspired holiday decor throughout. Take a stroll on the museum's main floor, through the forest of beautifully decorated trees: See if you can spot the Puerto Rican tree, decorated with a musical instruments such as guitars, maracas, and tambourines, symbolizing the Parrandas, musicians who go door to door during the six weeks of Christmas celebrations; or China's tree, which is decorated with handmade fortune cookie ornaments and the Chinese characters for happiness, good will and prosperity.
Plan your visit around one or two of the many joy-filled performances taking place on the museum's Holiday Stage: Talented dance troupes and choirs will perform every weekend and choirs from area schools will present holiday favorites during select weekdays. A full schedule of Holiday Stage performances is available online for November and December.
Admission to all three exhibits is included with museum entry ($18 for adults and $11 for kids ages 3–11). The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, in Chicago's picturesque and historic Hyde Park neighborhood.