Museum of Science and Industry

By on March 6, 2016

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The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the most beloved and visited museums in the world, has origins that are tied to two great World’s Fairs and to civic spirit and imagination of Chicago businessman Julius Rosenwald. Rosenwald created America’s first center for “industrial enlightenment”: a vehicle for public science education. With the help of other Midwest business leaders, Rosenwald restored and converted the Palace of Fine Arts, the last remaining major structure from the 1893 World’s Fair, into a new type of American museum – where visitors could interact with the exhibits, not just view displays and artifacts. In 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry opened to the public, at the same time as the Century of Progress Exposition. The latest interactive exhibit is the U-505 Submarine resurfacing in a new 35,000-square-foot interactive exhibit that immerses guests in the sub’s compelling tale through dramatic representations, interactive challenges, nearly 200 artifacts and testimony from veterans who captured the German U-boat. Guests will maneuver through the cramped quarters where the crew spent most of their days and nights, see the radio and sound room where the legendary Enigma machine was found and recovered by the U.S. Navy, walk past the nine-cylinder, 2,170 horsepower diesel engines and find out where the U-505 fired her final shot.

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