“Upcoming Members Events at the Museum of Science & Industry” by S.M. O’Connor

Museums and zoological societies derive an income stream from the fees members pay as well as the public good will for the cultural institutions those members spread.  In return, members receive benefits other visitors do not enjoy, such as free or discounted admission to the institutions, discounts at gift shops, invitations to special private events, previews of new exhibits, and access to members’ lounges that are not open to the public.  Upcoming events for Members of the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) include Tuesday Tales in the Members Lounge and the Member Holiday Breakfast on November 17th.

Tuesday Tales are aimed at preschoolers, but children of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend Member-only story times at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Members Lounge on the Main Level.  This is an opportunity to listen, touch, and learn as M.S.I. staff members, volunteers, and special guests read aloud stories about rockets, robots, exploration, and more.  Each story time session includes one story and one hands-on activity.  Reservations are not necessary, but space is not guaranteed.  Upcoming dates are Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

The Member Holiday Breakfast is Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the Main Level in the Grand Rotunda of the Central Pavilion.  M.S.I. President and C.E.O. David Mosena invites Members to enjoy all the traditions of the season, amidst the 76th annual Christmas Around the World and 24th annual Holidays of Light, including strolling Christmas carolers, arts and crafts, and a visit with Santa Claus.  This event is open exclusively to Members at the Household, Household Premium, or Family Membership levels and above up to their admission number.  [See the chart below.]  Tickets are $30 each for Adult Members and $15 each for Child Members.  To purchase tickets, Members should go to the Webpage for the Member Holiday Breakfast and click on the light blue rectangle labeled “Add to my visit” or call Member Services at (773) 947-3161.  Reserve seats as soon as possible.  Registration began on October 16th and space is limited.  Wintrust is the sponsor of this event.

To learn more about becoming a Member, click here.  To become a Member, click here.

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

Membership Level

Benefits Annual Fee

Individual Membership

One Adult plus one guest

$95

Dual Membership

Two Adults plus one guest

$145
Family Membership

Two Adults and All Children under 18 in the same household plus one guest

$195

Explorers Society

All the benefits of a Family Membership plus one additional guest and invitations to MSInsider events

$300

Catalyst Society

All the benefits of an Explorers Society Membership plus invitations to special In-Depth events and reserved theater seating

$600

Columbian Society

All the benefits of a Catalyst Society Membership plus invitations to V.I.P. events and concierge service

$1,000

Curiosity Society

All the benefits of a Columbian Society Membership plus invitations to Curiosity Society events and recognition in “holiday” exhibits

$2,500

 

To renew a Membership, click here.  To give a membership, click here.  To view and download the Members Exclusive Guide, click here.

 

23519260_10156168492637437_3016216632631213058_nFigure 24 Credit: S.M. O’Connor Caption: This is the Assyrian Tree, as seen on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

 

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.  According to Herman Kogan, author of the first official chronicle of M.S.I. history, A Continuing Marvel: The Story of the Museum of Science & Industry, Christmas Around the World began at the suggestion of Martha McGrew.  [For twenty years, this lady had been the right hand of Major Lenox Lohr (1891-1968), the President of the Museum of Science and Industry from 1940 until his death in 1968.[1]]  In 1942, the M.S.I. hung the flags of twenty-nine countries from the North Court balcony and Christmas trees were trimmed by Chicago-area members of the ethnic groups represented.[2]  It began with Greek Day on December 11, 1942.[3]

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.  The Museum of Science and Industry regularly makes small adjustments to this schedule, so when planning a trip there, check this Webpage and the M.S.I.’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.

 

 

ENDNOTES

[1] Martha McGrew became Major Lohr’s assistant in 1922, while he was still Captain Lohr.  At the time, he was publisher of The Military Engineer, a bi-monthly publication of the Society of American Military Engineers, and advertised he needed a civilian assistant.  She was a coed who sold insurance to put herself through college.  In 1929, Major Lohr resigned his commission rather than accept a post in Alaska and she went with him to Chicago.  General Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951), a financier, former Vice President of the U.S.A., and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, had given Lohr a grand alternative, to help organize Chicago’s second World’s Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34).  Lohr became Vice President and General Manager of A Century of Progress Corporation, where he worked for Rufus Dawes (1867-1940), a banker and younger brother of General Dawes.  [From 1934 until his death, Rufus Dawes was simultaneously President of A Century of Progress Corporation and the Museum of Science and Industry.]  Miss McGrew went with Major Lohr to New York City, where he served as President & Director of N.B.C. from 1935 to 1940, and then returned with him to Chicago when he succeeded his mentor as President of the Museum of Science and Industry.

[2] Herman Kogan, A Continuing Marvel: The Story of the Museum of Science & Industry. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company (1973), p. 111

[3] Kogan, p. 111

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