4 Reasons to Visit MSI This Winter (other than the usual awesome reasons)

There are four great reasons to visit the Museum of Science and Industry this holiday season!

  1. Opening November 10, 2016, Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak displays 50 original drawings from the author and illustrator of the beloved children’s book.
  2. MSI’s favorite holiday tradition returns on November 17. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light celebrate festive traditions from around the globe with a forest of beautifully adorned trees, each one decorated by local volunteers from cultural organizations and Chicago’s diverse communities.
  3. Santa is coming to MSI on Saturdays and Sundays starting November 26.
  4. New this year, and in conjunction with MSI’s Brick by Brick exhibit, guests can create their own holiday trinket to remember their visit—a LEGO® ornament.

Keep reading for details!

 

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Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak

Opening November 10, 2016 through February 20, 2017

Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak displays 50 original drawings from the author and illustrator of the beloved children’s book. Many of the pieces are from private collections and friends of Sendak, showcasing his range as an artist and writer. Presidents, friends and celebrities also explain how the renowned author inspired them, influenced their careers and touched their lives.

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Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak is included with Museum Entry ($18 for adults, $11 for children ages 3-11).

 

Christmas Around the World exhibit @ the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Christmas Around the World exhibit @ the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Opening November 17, 2016 through January 8, 2017

A holiday favorite also returns to MSI this November, Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. Guests can celebrate festive traditions from around the globe with a forest of beautifully adorned trees, each one decorated by local volunteers from cultural organizations and Chicago’s diverse communities. Looking for the perfect family photo op? The trees encircle a miraculous floor-to-dome Grand Tree wrapped in 30,000 twinkling lights. Guests can also catch “snow” as it falls every 30 minutes inside the Museum’s Rotunda.

New this year, and in conjunction with MSI’s Brick by Brick exhibit, guests can create their own holiday trinket to remember their visit—a LEGO® ornament! Santa Claus will also be stopping by MSI’s Holiday Lane to meet with families, snap photos and ask children what they’d like for Christmas. Both ornament making and Santa visits will be held on select weekend dates throughout the exhibit’s run.

Also in Holiday Lane, guests can explore celebrations of light or enlightenment, such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, in our beautiful Holidays of Light digital display. Cultural performances including Japanese drumming and Irish dancing will also be held on select dates at the Museum’s Main Auditorium inside the West Pavilion.

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Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light is also included with Museum Entry.

Cultural performances will take place November 19, 20, 25 – 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18. Performances are included with Museum Entry. A full schedule will become available at msichicago.org/holiday.

 

Santa Claus and Ornament Making

Santa Claus will be at the Museum for photo opportunities with guests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from November 26 – December 18. A separate timed-entry ticket purchase is required. LEGO ornament making will be available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the same dates and is included in Museum Entry. Click here to read about our experience at Brick by Brick and see photos of what you can expect.

 

The Museum is open every day, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Museum will offer extended hours until 5:30 p.m. on the following days this holiday season: November 19, 20, 25 – 27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 – 23 and 26 – 30. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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