“The Story of Earth at the Museum of Science & Industry’s Giant Dome Theater” by S.M. O’Connor

The Australian documentary The Story of Earth (2018) debuted at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Giant Dome Theater on Friday, May 25, 2018.  It will play the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) through the spring of 2019.  Rachel Ward, a Golden Globe-nominated Australian model-turned-actress, director, and screenwriter, best known for co-starring in The Thorn Birds, narrated the forty-minute-long short film.

According to a press release from the M.S.I., “The film…highlights the work of geologists traveling the globe to piece together clues of Earth’s history.   Audiences will join this research team as they explore Australia and Iceland to gather evidence on the extraordinary chain of events that made life not only possible, but sustainable.”  Produced by December Media, the film “uses simulations based on scientific data to create visually stunning recreations of Earth from billions of years ago, including revealing the convection of Earth’s inner mantle.  Guests are fully immersed as they witness how, over billions of years, Earth transformed from an inhabitable ball of molten rock into a paradise covered with oceans of water.”

It is screened daily at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.  On days with extended hours, it is also screened at 4:00 p.m.

The film is not covered by Museum Entry (general admission) and requires an additional timed-entry ticket.  For more information on The Story of Earth, visit www.msichicago.org/giantdometheater.

TSOE_FOTOKEM_H264.00_00_09_05.Still046Figure 1 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: With The Story of Earth (2018) viewers journey through the reconstruction of Earth created by violent collisions in space.

TSOE_FOTOKEM_H264.00_00_11_11.Still056Figure 2 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: The Story of Earth (2018) highlights the work of geologists traveling the globe to piece together clues of Earth’s history.

TSOE_FOTOKEM_H264.00_00_12_01.Still060Figure 3 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: Guests watching The Story of Earth (2018) are fully immersed as they see a simulation of how, over billions of years, Earth transformed from an inhabitable ball of molten rock into a paradise covered with oceans of water.

 

This year, the Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its first opening ceremony, during Chicago’s second World’s Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34).  It opened in three stages between 1933 and 1940.  The building that houses the Museum of Science and Industry, is the Palace of Fine Arts.  Designed by Charles B. Atwood (1849-1896), it was built to house a temporary art museum for Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893), and afterwards it housed the Columbian Field Museum, which evolved into The Field Museum of Natural History, until 1920, when it moved into its new quarters, where it opened in 1921.  Consequently, this year the Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the building and The Field Museum of Natural History is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its foundation.

Through Labor Day (Monday, September 3, 2018), the M.S.I. is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Saturday, August 11th.  On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the M.S.I. will revert to regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).  On Sunday, September 23, 2018, the M.S.I. will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; on Saturday, October 6, 2018, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and on the weekend of Saturday, November 17, 2018 and Sunday, November 18, 2018, the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Museum of Science and Industry will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22, 2018) and the First Day of Christmas (Tuesday, December 25, 2018).  Extended hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) will be in play again from Friday, November 23, 2018 to Sunday, November 25, 2018; Saturday, December 1, 2018 and Sunday, December 2, 2018; Saturday, December 8, 2018 and Sunday, December 9, 2018; Saturday, December 15, 2018 and Sunday, December 2016; Saturday, December 22, 2018 and Sunday, December 23, 2018; and Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Sunday, December 30, 2018.  Check this Webpage and the Museum of Science and Industry’s social media for updates.

Often stylized as the “Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago” or the “Museum of Science + Industry” the institution is located at the northern end of Jackson Park, on the south side of 57th Street, between Lake Shore Drive to the east and Cornell Drive to the west, in the East Hyde Park neighborhood of the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The M.S.I. is open every day of the year with two exceptions: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  On most days, it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but during peak periods it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.

 

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