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
Travel back to 1893 and experience the excitement of the White
City. Digital technology will bring the World's Fair to life.
Visitors will see items that thrilled fairgoers 120 years ago
including large taxidermied animals, fully articulated animal
skeletons, and ancient fish from Wyoming's Green River fossil bed.
Using an iPad application, visitors can explore many items from the
World's Fair still hidden in the Museum's vaults and will also get
an overview of the Museum's history and the personalities who
helped shape this institution.
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
Breathe in the crisp fall air as you enter the zoo through a
cornstalk lined path, hear the crunch of the leaves underneath your
feet, listen to the children conquering the straw pyramid or
enjoy the sight of thousands of pumpkins on display.
Nature-made fall decorations, including pumpkins, gourds and corn
stalks, available to purchase.
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.
Make a bat finger puppet and discover how bats are