The Field Museum - Chicago Museum Week

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Play tic-tac-toe with a robot at the Museum of Science and Industry, explore the massive collections behind the scenes at the Field Museum, gaze at the stars during a special Adler Planetarium sky show or stay late at the Chicago History Museum to enjoy after hours. Science and history lovers will find plenty to enjoy during Chicago's Museum Week, through Oct. 7. The four science- or history-focused institutions are among the 12 Chicago museums that are showcasing seven days of exclusive offers, events and special programs during Museum Week. Check out just some of what you can expect during this special week:


Where can you learn about 4.6 billion years worth of history and science under one roof? At The Field Museum, where you'll travel back in time. Take a highlight tour at 11 a.m. every day during Museum Week for an insider's guide to The Field's amazing collections. Come a bit earlier, at 10:15 a.m. for the dinosaur talk. Speaking of dinosaurs, learn all about SUE, the largest T. rex ever found (above), at noon every day.  If the ancient Americas are your thing, mark your calendar for Oct. 6, when special tours of the exhibition are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.  If you live in Illinois, come to The Field for free day on Oct. 4.


Museum of Science and Industry - Robot Revolution

Spend a day in 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and experiences at the Museum of Science and Industry, starting with Robot Revolution, a new temporary exhibit that lets you interact with a cutting-edge collection of robots from around the world. Be a-mazed in the new Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze exhibit - featuring 1,800 square feet of a seemingly infinite array of mirrors. Don't forget Science Storms with its 40-foot indoor tornado; the U-505, the only World War II German submarine in this country; and YOU! The Experience, where you can run in a human-sized hamster wheel. The museum is offering $20 off memberships during Museum Week, or come Oct. 5 or 6 and get in free if you're an Illinois resident.


Adler Planetarium - Chicago Museum Week

Exploding stars, diamond planets and black holes are among the mind-blowing and super cool things you'll experience at the Adler Planetarium. An exclusive Museum Week Sky Show "The Pluto Encounter" (remember the former planet?) will be running during Museum Week. Learn about weird stuff and space oddities at 1 p.m. on Oct. 3, and learn to design and build your own rocket with every day materials at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 5, or enjoy fall family fun science activities, such as creating spooky slime.

The little ones may enjoy Stories Under the Stars with Curious George at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon on Oct 5. As far as discounts go, save $10 on any level of membership during Museum Week, or head to the Adler Oct. 5, 6 or 7 for the ultimate discount - free admission for Illinois residents.


Chicago History Museum

From the Great Chicago Fire to its fabulous writers, the Windy City's history is fascinating stuff, so come learn all about it at Chicago History Museum. You're invited to spend after-hours at the museum Oct. 6 ($5 for adults, children 12 and under free), where you can talk to museum curators and staff about the exhibitions' back stories and go on a unique Flash Tour. Premiering Museum Week enjoy 30-minute highlight tours of the museum's permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America every afternoon. Lots of other stuff here for city history buffs, too, from The Secret Lives of Objects to the museum's new film, "The Great Chicago Adventure." Get $4 off admission during Museum Week, discounts on adult group tours, and 20 percent off membership and purchases in the café and store.

When you've enjoyed all of the history and science offerings, check out what the other museums and institutions are featuring during Chicago Museum Week and don't forget to document your experience using #ChicagoMuseumWeek.