The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is celebrating the 10th consecutive year as the No. 1 field trip destination among Chicago museums.

According to Museums in the Park, 360,239 students visited MSI in 2018. This marks a full decade of MSI continuously providing fun, engaging science education to students on field trips that are free for Illinois schools and discounted for out-of-state students.

Museums in the Park is a coalition of 11 museums located on Chicago Park District property.

Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Credit: J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

“MSI is proud to be the leader in school group attendance across Chicago museums, providing awe-inspiring learning opportunities to students,” said Andrea Ingram, the Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee vice president of education and guest services. “Our experiences and group welcoming process are second to none, as these students are at the core of our vision to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering.”

With 14 acres of exhibits, Giant Dome Theater films and hands-on Learning Labs, the museum provides many learning opportunities.

Led by a museum educator, Learning Labs connect with classroom curriculum, engage students in the scientific process and provide insight into STEM careers.

Among the newer programs are Jr. Science Cafés, where students talk with STEM professionals about their career paths and their personal journeys into science.

Students can explore more than a dozen MSI exhibits such as “Science Storms,” “YOU! The Experience” and “Numbers In Nature: A Mirror Maze.”

MSI also provides discounted tickets for all school groups to experiences that include Coal Mine, Giant Dome Theater films, U-505 On-board Tour and Future Energy Chicago.

For more information, call 773-684-1414 or visit msichicago.org/education.

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David Hoekman is a former newspaperman on a quest to tell the stories of the world’s various places and cultures in compelling ways. He especially enjoys learning and writing about the business of group travel. His favorite destination is wherever he is going next and his travel tip is to always pack an emergency granola bar or two.