Science Discerns The Laws Of Nature

24 May

I have lived in Chicago 10 years and have never been to the Museum of Science and Industry.  It is a fascinating place.  Worth a trip to Chicago in its own right, I think.  (By the way, start with a snack – the place is enormous and you’ll never make it.)

Kate’s cousin Annie works at the Museum (the short, likely inaccurate version of her job description is that she comes up with interactive Museum web applications – it’s the best job ever, whatever it is) and gave us a VIP tour of some of the most popular exhibits.  My favorites included: the Coal Mine exhibit, an interactive, coal mine simulation that explores the coal mining industry in the United States; the U-505 Submarine, the only German submarine in the United States (watch the video of how they got the submarine into the Museum – amazing); Science Storms, where you learn all about the weather; and Yesterday’s Main Street, a Disney-like replica of Chicago in the 1900s.  (We admittedly did not see the popular Body Worlds exhibit or the “timeless collection of 24 real human embryos and fetuses.”  Yikes.)

I especially loved You! The Experience for its focus on health and wellness.  At the interactive Twinkie station, learn about other places you may encounter the ingredients in Twinkies (for example, glass and cleaning agents). I also found my dream home at the Museum – the Smart Home, a fully-functioning eco-friendly home built behind the Museum. It is minimal and resourceful and so beautiful.  Recycled light fixtures, bamboo and grass floors and walls, concrete counter tops and refurbished wood and metal pieces gave it a distinctive, modern but warm feel (no pictures allowed inside).  And the Museum is its backyard.  So so in love with it.     Great day.  Thanks, Conways!

Making a dent in the list of things to do in Chicago.

6 Responses to “Science Discerns The Laws Of Nature”

  1. Fabianne May 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I want to live in the Smart Home! And I am proud to say that I have never eaten a twinkie. 🙂

  2. gingerwmn May 25, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    We have to find a way to nab that smart home when its run comes to an end!!

    • Diz May 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      I think we need to recreate all the details on paper so we can build a replica!

  3. Heba May 25, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    That museum is amazing! Can I rent a room from you in the smart home??

    • Diz May 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      Yes def!

  4. Arianne May 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    What a cool museum! Next time I come, we should go to the body world’s exhibit!
    And, although the ingredients in a twinkie are somewhat disturbing, they are so tasty :/

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