Brand new exhibit is dedicated to the special animals in our
lives. Kids can become their favorite animal, crawl in, out and
around a child-sized pet home, and share stories about the pets in
their life. Parents can learn the benefits of pets and pet play,
and access resources for choosing appropriate family pets.
The exhibit transforms seven beloved and
award-winning picture books - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," "The
Snowy Day," "Where's Spot?" "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Chicka
Chicka Boom Boom," "Abuela," and "Tuesday" - into
three-dimensional, bilingual play and learning environments.
A new permanent exhibit, reinventing the museum's
current "Play Library" exhibit as a pretend bookstore. Features a
reading loft, various reading nooks, and a changing array of
children's books and periodicals. Also includes a variety of
activities to promote literacy.
Exhibition features a variety of building materials for kids and
families to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with
Special exhibit showcases 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the
museum's extensive collection in honor of the museum's 80th
anniversary. These artifacts, carefully selected by MSI curators,
will ignite guests' memories from past exhibits but many will be
revealed for the first time.
Guests get a fresh and dynamic look at our energy choices
and steps we can take to create a more sustainable and
environmentally friendly energy future. Activities include:
Ride a bike and convert mechanical energy into electrical
energy; crank a hand generator and activate an array
of "plasma trees"; feel the difference in energy
demand among a range of light bulbs. The keystone is
the Future Energy Chicago simulation, where
guests compete in teams, and rotate through five games in
which players design an energy efficient future car and house,
improve tomorrow's neighborhood, and reinvent Chicago's
transportation and power generation systems.
The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago's native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. Features artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public, including drawings, props, costumes, artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films, plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. Hands-on, interactive stations bring Disney's technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try recording sound effects, explore Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.
Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the
talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to
the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws
Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters,
along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic
During the day, The Fear-less Haunted House
is a lower scare lights-on guided tour.
Nature Museum biologists demonstrate the science behind why
things slime, creep and disappear. During this drop-by activity,
kids get to conduct experiments to make things glow, slime, float
or even disappear.