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A Visit to the Museum of Science and Industry

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Underside of U-505 at the Chicago Museum of Sc...

Underside of U-505 at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I visited the Museum of Science and Industry on my birthday last week. It’s been quite a few years since I was there. Probably because it is close by and I feel I can go there anytime I want to, the visit keeps getting postponed. I took the visit as a treat that day.

I must say I was totally impressed. A treat indeed.

There were many children in the museum that day since schools are off during the summer. Different from the Field Museum I had visited the day before, the atmosphere here was so lively and dynamic, as many people, especially the young, were so engaged in various interactive activities.

It was my first time to visit the Exhibit U-505 Submarine. I was taken back by its enormous size, all housed in door, and the bravery of U.S. heroes who risked their lives capturing it during the WWII.

The Museum of Science and Industry building on...

The Museum of Science and Industry building once housed the Field Museum of Natural History. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I also watched the film “D-Day Normandy: 1944″ at the theater. The large dome made the experience almost felt like three-dimensional. The entire theatre was packed, and the applause was long and loud at the end of the show. (The film will be shown till May 2015. Strongly recommend it.)

There are a number of other exhibits and films at the museum. I browsed a few more sections, including the exhibit of bicycles, the Transportation Gallery, and You! The Experience. All amazingly done. I left the museum three hours later, wowing for a return sometime very soon.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. The film was broadcast on national PBS in May 2014.