MSI: My, you’ve let yourself go

Brianne and I were just discussing the other day how the Museum of Science and Industry was by far the most fun museum on the planet. We realized that neither of us have been there in about 15 years, so we decided to take advantage of today’s delayed holiday and head on down LSD.

As far as museum’s go, the MSI is a pretty good deal – $10 admission for city of Chicago residents. The Robots Like Us exhibit was awesome, especially if you are a junk / pack-rat collector like I am. We were lucky enough to witness a just born chick in the Chick Hatching exhibit.

Outside of that, the whole experience was kind of forgettable. I remember there being a lot more to play with and interact with as a kid. The entire balcony level of the museum was about 20 years out of date – they are in serious need of an overhaul. About 70% of the little interactive games didn’t work at all, and 20% were too confusing to figure out. By the end of the trip, we were just walking around pressing every button in sight, and were completely unsurprised when nothing happened.

There are so many great technology companies and educational institutions in Chicago that I can’t believe the MSI doesn’t take advantage of. Hey guys, give yourself an update!

2 Comments so far

  1. eatchicago (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

    The Mrs. and I recently had the same idea: a return to MSI after many years.

    We only paid $8 as Chicago residents. I wonder if the fee just went up.

    But, we had a great time. The new U505 exhibit is fantastic. We were mesmerized by the formerly-controversial fetus progression exhibit, and I was pleased to see that they upgraded the giant train set to include a mini el track with a train that runs through the loop.

    Sorry it didn’t catch for you. We had a great day.

  2. Annie (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 9:06 am

    I also loved the MSI when I went there this summer. The BodyWorks exhibit was there and was awesome. As was the submarine exhibit. We also saw an IMAX movie that went along with the BodyWorks. I was impressed with most of the museum but we definitely spent the most time in BodyWorks.

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