Monday, July 29, 2013

Museum of Science & Industry

Went there when I was little and still have memories of it.  This weekend we were visiting family and decided to go out.  While 4thpower Bravo went w/ my sister and her brood down to Navy pier, the boys and I went to the museum.  Most of the pics didn't turn out but some really good ones.

Ju-87 Stuka.  One of my favorite planes of all time. 

British Spitfire, getting ready to shoot down said Stuka

The U505.  Type IX German submarine from WWII. I saw the inside of this when I was a kid but they've since enclosed it and you can walk around the outside now w/ a full display. 

 forward torpedo bay
 aft torpedo bay
 When I went the first time, I got a little plastic mold of the sub as a souvenir. Like most boys, I played w/ it and it is long gone.  It was a mission to find the mold machine and replace it. Mission successful. Also got ones for my boys. They've been sinking eachother for hours.

Tesla coil.  Tornado and avalanche simulators. Plasma balls. Aircraft simulators.  Science displays of all kinds (we watched one on fire), the coal mine. Biology. Hatching chicks, Fiber-optics, trains, space exploration, toy manufacturing.  Just tons and tons of stuff to do and see. 

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drjim said...

Been there MANY times!

Did you take the tram down into the coal mine?

Bob said...

Oh, cool. They still have wax-mold machines out there? They were always a favorite of mine as a child. I think similar wax is used by custom jewelers to make their investment castings, but I may be wrong.

drjim said...

Now that I think of it.....I had one of a Brontosaurus I got there.

Strangely enough, the exhibit was sponsored by Sinclair!

Thirdpower said...

We did do the coal mine tour. Didn't see a Bronto mold. Sure that wasn't at the field museum?

drjim said...

I'm pretty sure it was at the MoS&I.

That had to have been over 50 years ago, though!

It was a big machine under a "Bubble Top" that let you watch the mold halves come together, told you when the "plastic" was being injected, and then you watched to mold open, and your dinosaur dropped down into a chute where you could pick it up.