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Museum of Science and Industry

Located on the south side of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry was originally built for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 before later being reinvented as a science museum. Since opening its doors in 1933, MSI has welcomed 180 million visitors. The historic space covers more than 14 acres of land and houses 35,000 artifacts. MSI’s mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. The Museum's vision is to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. MSI delivers hands-on learning to 1.5 million visitors annually, including 350,000 children on field trips—more than any other Chicago cultural institution. Larger-than-life exhibits present history and innovation in science and technology and bridge concepts learned in the classroom with real-world experiences. Through the Welcome to Science Initiative, MSI offers a welcome, inclusive environment that extends beyond the classroom. The Museum's unique youth-centered approach means that the institutions works with and supports students and everyone involved in their success, including their families, teachers, schools and communities. MSI recognizes that factors including family income, school district, neighborhood and gender can present barriers to science education. MSI seeks to provide accessible science education for all students, regardless of these factors.