“‘U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories’ Opens at Museum of Science & Industry” by S.M. O’Connor

The Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) celebrated the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Task Group 22.3’s capture of the U-505 German long-range attack submarine,[1] which occurred on Sunday, June 4, 1944, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 with a new exhibit, U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories.[2]  Located in the John and Rita Canning Gallery in the Central Pavilion, east of the Lower Court, on the Lower Level (ground floor), the exhibit is comprised of seventy-five artifacts, documents, and photographs the curatorial staff chose from the Institutional Archives and Collections storage.

The artifacts include tools the officers and crewmen of the U-505 used to repair her while at sea.  These objects illustrate what it was like to be both the American sailors and airmen of Task Group 22.3 and the German submariners of the U-505.  The exhibit also includes two items – a board game and a comic book – inspired by the capture of the U-505.  Visitors will see personal items, uniforms, and journals of German submariners, as well as photographs from the Archives of the U-505, her crew, and U.S. Navy Task Group 22.3.

After a conservation effort that lasted almost two years, guests who take the on-board tour will have an even more realistic sense of a submariner’s life onboard the U-505 during the Second Great World War by seeing her restored Control Room and Galley (kitchen).[3]    The Conning Tower and the Aft Torpedo Room, which are not accessible to the public, have also been restored.  Outside of the sub, guests can see a life raft that carried the U-505’s surviving officers and crewmen from the sinking U-505 to the American ships of Task Group 22.3, partially inflated and restored on display.

U-505 75th Anniversary ExhibitFigure 1 Credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: The exhibit U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories has artifacts and archival documents and photographs.  The object in the case is a model of the subterranean U-505 exhibit – The New U-505 Experience – in the McCormick Foundation Exhibition Hall, which opened in 2005.

U-505 75th Anniversary ExhibitFigure 2 Credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: This comic book was printed for Captain D’s, a Nashville-based seafood chain.

U-505 75th Anniversary ExhibitFigure 3 Credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: Tools from a two-year-long conservation effort of the U-505 are on display in the exhibit U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories.

U-505 75th Anniversary ExhibitFigure 4 Credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: The exhibit U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories includes uniforms and journals of the German submariners.

WreathFigure 5 Credit: Seán M. O’Connor Caption: On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Bill Kurtis,[4] whose voice can be heard giving narration to several videos in the exhibit (and has been a friend of the M.S.I. for a number of years), was also Master of Ceremonies at a wreath-laying ceremony in the McCormick Foundation Exhibition Hall, which extends forty-two feet underground.

 

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.

Normally, the M.S.I. is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  However, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Saturday, June 22, 2019 through Sunday, June 30, 2019.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.

 

ENDNOTES

[1] I am italicizing the U-505 when referring to her as a museum ship and not italicizing the U-505 when referring to her when she was in service of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy under the Third Reich) during the Second Great World War.

[2] I posted my first article on the exhibit, “How is the M.S.I. Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the U-505’s Capture?” on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  This new article reflects a press release dated Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

[3] There is no additional fee to walk around the U-505 in her exhibit hall, but the twenty-five-minute-long U-505 Submarine On-board Tour costs $18 for adults and $14 for children.

[4] Bill Kurtis has a special place in the hearts of Chicagoans because even though he is nationally known as a new anchorman for C.B.S., as producer and host of Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for the A&E (Arts & Entertainment) cable station, and his narration for the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), he was a well-regarded news anchorman for Chicago’s C.B.S.-owned TV station W.B.B.M./Channel 2 both before and after his stint in New York City.

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