Spend the Day at the Museum of Science and Industry!

mine tunnel with tracks

Did you know that the Museum of Science and Industry is an easy drive from Oak Park Place Apartments?

Opened during 1933’s Century of Progress, it’s the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.

More than 180 million visitors have walked through its doors. The museum features more than 400,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Museum of Science and Industry Exhibits


Go Underground – “Go Underground” debuted when the museum opened and has been a visitor favorite for generations. Old Ben No. 17 is a mine that was relocated from southern Illinois. Visitors enter by taking a ride in a cage elevator. It teaches visitors how Davy lamps reveal unseen methane dangers, shows how extraction machinery has evolved, and so much more.

U-505 Submarine – The U-505 Submarine is the only German submarine on display in the United States, and it has quite a story to tell. In 1944, it was patrolling the waters just off the West African coast in search of American and Allied ships. A Navy task group tracked it for weeks. They knew capturing it would save both lives and supplies as well as help solve the U-boat mystery. Making the Germans believe that it had sunk was key to the Navy’s success. But how do you hide something that’s the length of a city block and weighs three times more than the Statue of Liberty? Explore the exhibit to find out.

Space is the Place – “Space is the Place” is a fascinating exhibit. It features the technology that helped astronauts get to the moon, such as the Apollo 8 module and Aurora 7 capsule. It also allows visitors to compare and contrast rocket scale models. This exhibit really shows how the United States space program does so much more than just launch shuttles into space.

If you would like to live near this museum as well as other cultural attractions, please contact us to schedule a tour of our luxurious apartment community.

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