The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Museum of Science and Industry's vision is to inspire and motivate youth to reach their full potential in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering.  We excite students and empower teachers with innovative programs that provide hands-on learning.  The Museum is housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. It was built as the fair's Palace of Fine Arts by Burnham & Root architect Charles Atwood and is now the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.

Partner Category: Cultural Institution or Organization

Centennial Activities

Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Friday, June 19, 2009 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, December 5, 2009 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Sunday, December 6, 2009 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Explore the White City: World's Fair Simulation

Museum of Science and Industry

Unless you’re a Chicago history buff, you may not know that the Columbian Exposition—also referred to as “The White City” or the World’s Fair of 1893—was a source of inspiration for Daniel Burnham’s audacious 1909 Plan of Chicago, which provided a vision of what a well-ordered and attractive city of the future could be. The Plan of Chicago has inspired generations of Chicagoans and city lovers worldwide. [MORE]

Exhibit : Wednesday, July 1, 2009 to Monday, March 15, 2010

ART + Science = Architecture

Museum of Science and Industry

Adam Reed Tucker gives us all something to look up to. His towering interpretations of famous city landmarks aim to bring accessibility to architecture. Instead of using traditional materials- steel, brick, glass- to build is skyscrapers, Tucker opts for a more modets construction medium: LEGOs. Piece by piece, LEGO by LEGO, this trained architect creates large-scale artistic models of some of the most famous structure in America including Chicago's Willis Tower, St. Louis' Gateway Arch and Seattle's Space Needle. [MORE]

Blueprints to Our Past Tour

Museum of Science and Industry

This tour takes you both in and outside the Museum of Science and Industry as well as back in time to its origins as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1893 World's Fair. Using the building's architecture as the guide, you'll see a story that spans more than a hundred years, two World's Fairs and more than 400,000 square feet of exhibit space. This tour will also include a virtual simulation of the 1893 Fair's White City, created by Lisa Snyder of the UCLA Media Lab. [MORE]

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