A welcoming and respectful place for all to celebrate and be inspired by science
One of the largest science museums in the world, MSI has both an illustrious history and a focus on the future of science and science education.
It was a moment of inspiration during a family vacation nearly a century ago. Watching his child enthralled by an interactive museum display, our founder Julius Rosenwald resolved to share that experience with Chicago. Since opening in 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago has been dedicated to inspiring the inventive genius in everyone with uniquely interactive experiences. We've hosted more than 180 million guests—or about a billion moments like the one that started it all.
Today, MSI is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, but also works to provide these moments of discovery beyond our walls. Through our Welcome to Science Initiative, we create learning experiences inside and outside the classroom and remove barriers that exclude youth from participating with programs for teachers, schools, families and communities. Together, these are the ways MSI brings science to life for children and adults of all ages, all while pursuing our larger vision: To inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering.
At the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, we are guided by our mission and responsibility to build public understanding of science, show how science impacts our society and inspire everyone to think critically about the world around us.
Recently there’s been increased public discourse and even questioning about the importance and integrity of science. Fundamental principles of scientific investigation and discovery are being questioned, as is the validity of science as a tool that can help shape policy and contribute to the wellbeing of everyone in our society and around the world.
In the midst of this discourse, we are committed to working harder than ever to champion science because science is vitally important to our every day life. Science – along with technology, medicine and engineering– has made invaluable contributions to the world as we know it today. It has allowed us to live longer, explore new galaxies and care for our planet, driving global economies and creating entire industries along the way. And thanks to curious minds, innovation continues, making critical advancements to help us live better today and inspiring opportunities for the next generation.
It is for these reasons that we remain relentless in our pursuit of our vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to remove barriers to scientific education so every child develops the critical thinking skills necessary to help solve our greatest challenges and be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
Above all, MSI remains unwavering in our commitment to encourage rigorous public discussion on thought-provoking scientific subjects and continues to be a welcoming and respectful place for all to celebrate and be inspired by science.
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