CBS is reporting “the Museum of Science and Industry is offering a buy one, get one free admission deal on Saturday and Sunday to anyone who shows up at the museum wearing a Blackhawks logo. Tickets must be purchased on-site Saturday or Sunday.”
Museum admission costs $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $11 for kids age 3 to 11. City residents get a discount. Special exhibits like the U-505 submarine tour, Omnimax films, the Coal Mine tour, and the Animal Inside Out exhibit require separate ticket purchases not included in general admission.
General admission covers the new exhibition “80 at 80: Celebrating 80 Years at the Museum of Science and Industry,” which celebrates the 80th anniversary of MSI opening in 1933. The curatorial staff selected eighty artifacts to represent a collection of 35,000 items.
Historic artifacts include a wall-mounted telephone General Electric made for the American Bell Telephone Company in 1893, a fifty-four-pound deep-sea diving helmet from the 19th Century, and a six-foot-tall Royal Doulton vase that was exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893). The Galton Quincunx is a probability machine developed by Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911), dating back to 1933.
Some of the artifacts on display are old favorites, including TAM (Transparent Anatomical Manikin). The staff also brought back out a bust of Paul Bunyan that’s a replica of one many visitors and current and former staff members and volunteers remember from the exhibit World of Hardwoods (1953-1986). Many adults recalled being spooked by the original as children.
Other artifacts have never before or only rarely been seen by the public. These include the 1909 Jones Live Map Meter and the engine from a British Supermarine Spitfire.
Still others are not historic, but rather cutting-edge, including “a Velodyne LiDAR sensor navigation system, which is used for 3D mobile data collection and will be demonstrated as part of the exhibition.” This exhibition, sponsored by Pepsi, opened on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 and will close Sunday, February 2, 2014.
“The 80 at 80 exhibit is a fantastic way to not only celebrate the Museum’s rich past, but also to showcase where innovation is taking us in the future,” said Kathleen McCarthy, Director of Collections. “There are artifacts here that are fun and quirky, designed to amuse our guests, but there are also those that are meant to inform and inspire them—and tell the unique story of where we’ve been and where we might go.”