“When is the Adults-Only Christmas Party at the Museum of Science & Industry?” by S.M. O’Connor

The second annual MSI After Hours: Naughty or Nice event for adults will be at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This is a chance to sip spiked hot chocolate and snack on candy cane marshmallows while examining over fifty Christmas trees and new decorations for the M.S.I.’s annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light festivals; take photographs of handmade Christmas tree ornaments from cultures around the world; and snap selfies near the forty-foot-tall Grand Tree bedecked with 30,000 twinkling lights.  Santa Claus and Krampus will be on hand to determine if an adult is naughty or nice.

This event is for adults (twenty-one-years-of-age and over).  Tickets are $30.  They cover parking in the underground garage, coat check, light bites, a complimentary drink, and exclusive access to the M.S.I.’s exhibits.  A cash bar will also be available.  Click here to purchase tickets online.  Please note that tickets for MSI After Hours events are non-refundable.  If one has questions, one may e-mail afterhours@msichicago.org.

For the 2018-2019 Christmas season, Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light will run from Thursday, November 15, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2019. The Museum of Science and Industry’s 75th annual Christmas festival, Christmas Around the World, and its 23rd annual companion festival,  Holidays of Light, opened for the 2017-2018 Christmas season on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and will run through Sunday, January 7, 2018.  As early as 1941, the M.S.I. had a physics demonstration called “The Science Behind Santa,” but the M.S.I. began hanging flags and celebrating Christmas Around the World during the Second Great World War in support of the United Nations (then an alliance against the Axis Powers) in 1942.

23561566_10156168532732437_8409570156281975057_nFigure 1 Credit: S.M. O’Connor Caption: This is the Grand Tree as photographed from a darkened Transportation Gallery at night, as seen on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the M.S.I. reverted to regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).  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 M.S.I. 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; Sunday, December 23, 2018; and Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Sunday, December 30, 2018.  There will be longer hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018.  On Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24, 2018) and New Year’s Eve (Monday, December 31, 2018), the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  On New Year’s Day (Tuesday, January 1, 2019), the M.S.I. will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  From Wednesday, January 2, 2019 through Friday, January 4, 2019, the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) will resume on Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Check this Webpage and the Museum of Science and Industry’s social media for updates.

EXTENDED HOURS AND EXCEPTIONS

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Closed

Thanksgiving Day

(Thursday, November 22, 2018)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

 

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve

(Monday, December 24, 2018)

Closed

Christmas Day

(Tuesday, December 25, 2018)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Year’s Eve

(Monday, December 31, 2018)

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Year’s Day

(Tuesday, January 1, 2019)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Friday, January 4, 2019

 

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 the Chicago Park District’s 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 4:00 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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