“Update on Mold-A-Rama Machines at the Museum of Science & Industry” by S.M. O’Connor

This year, two of the Mold-A-Rama machines at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) have switched over to make Christmastime mementos in time for the opening ceremony of Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  According to the Website of Mold-A-Rama, Inc., there are six Mold-A-Rama machines at the M.S.I.  However, a museum spokeswoman explained to me there are currently seven Mold-A-Rama machines on site.  In addition to the five Mold-A-Rama machines I found and photographed on my visit for the opening ceremony of Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, there are two more Mold-A-Rama machines, both of which are located on the Main Level in the Central Pavilion, one that makes black train models in the Transportation Gallery and one that makes orange chicks in Genetics.

In the Rosenwald Court (North Court) on the Main Level (second floor) in the Central Pavilion, near the entrance to the exhibit Extreme Ice, and outside the Silver Elevators, one Mold-A-Rama is making green Christmas trees.  A spokeswoman explained this Mold-A-Rama is a seventh unit that has been brought in just to make Christmas trees.

20181115_161835Figure 1 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: This is the exact location of the Christmas tree-making Mold-A-Rama at the Museum of Science and Industry.   It stands in the northwestern corner of Rosenwald Court, near the Silver Elevators bank and the entrance to Extreme Ice.

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Figure 2 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the Mold-A-Rama in Rosenwald Court at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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Figure 3 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the Christmas tree mold being produced by the Mold-A-Rama in Rosenwald Court at the Museum of Science and Industry.

1781615_10152437385587882_358371854171025431_oFigure 4 Credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: J.B. took this magical picture of the Mold-A-Rama Christmas tree in 2014.

Another Mold-A-Rama, located across from the Farm Tech exhibit and near Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle and Future Energy Chicago on the Lower Level (ground floor) is making red Santa Claus figures.  This is the machine that normally makes green tractors identified on the Website of Mold-A-Rama, Inc.

 

2Figure 5 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the Mold-A-Rama across from Farm Tech at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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Figure 6 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the red Santa Claus mold being produced by the Mold-A-Rama across from Farm Tech at the Museum of Science and Industry.

 

A Mold-A-Rama located on the north side of the Grainger Court (East Court) balcony is making gray jet-fighter models.  There are two Mold-A-Rama machines in the Transportation Gallery, this one and one on the Lower Level that makes black locomotives.

 

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Figure 7 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the Mold-A-Rama on the Grainger Court balcony at the Museum of Science and Industry.

46482224_264545407505680_6948567304590327808_nFigure 8 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer in the Transportation Gallery, on the balcony of the Grainger Court.  The Mold-A-Rama on the Grainger Court balcony is near this replica.

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Figure 9 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This appears to be a model of an F-16, and the Website of Mold-A-Rama, Inc. confirms this is the case.

A Mold-A-Rama located at the base of the stairs on the Lower Level in the West Gallery, roughly between the U-505 and the Henry Crown Space Center, is making gray U-505 models.

3Figure 10 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is how the Mold-A-Rama outside the U-505 exhibit gallery appears from the hallway that connects the Henry Crown Space Center to the East Pavilion of the Museum of Science and Industry.

1Figure 11 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the Mold-A-Rama outside the U-505 exhibit gallery.

2Figure 12 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the gray U-505 model produced by the Mold-A-Rama outside the U-505 exhibit gallery.

A Mold-A-Rama located just outside the Launch Pad gift shop in the Henry Crown Space Center is making white space shuttle models.

 

1Figure 13 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is how the Mold-A-Rama looks outside the Launch Pad gift shop in the Henry Crown Space Center.

46443419_263855887574632_173945187645521920_nFigure 14 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the Launch Pad gift shop in the Henry Crown Space Center.

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Figure 15 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: This is the white space shuttle model produced by the Mold-A-Rama outside the Launch Pad gift shop at the Museum of Science and Industry.

 

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.

 

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