The Museum of Science and Industry is the most popular attraction in Chicago’s Jackson Park. It is housed in what was originally the Palace of the Arts. The building, designed by Charles B. Atwood, was constructed for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. Most of the other exposition buildings were wooden, and are long gone. But the Palace was made of brick. Its classical Greek style was inspired by buildings on the Acropolis in Athens.
The museum has undergone extensive renovations and modernization. It now covers 14 acres, and offers visitors an amazing experience of light, sound and activity. This is very much a hands-on museum, where you can use computers, push buttons, operate cranks, watch videos and listen to recordings. There are more than two thousand interactive exhibits. They include a World War II German U-boat, a coal mine and a fairy castle. You can explore the mysteries of the human brain, ride a space shuttle, or walk down a 19th century cobblestone street. The Apollo 8 and Aurora 7 Mercury spacecraft are on display. Don’t miss seeing a show in the domed Omnimax Theater. If you are interested in budget or discount hotels in Chicago near the Museum of Science and Industry, check our listings at EasyToBook.com.
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