Talk:Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

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Image:Museumofscienceandindustry.jpg[edit]

This image is currently claimed as fair use, however it should be possible to replace this image with a freely licensed alternative. JeremyA 02:20, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

I have now replaced the above image with Image:Museum of Science and Industry 060409.jpg JeremyA 18:09, 9 April 2006 (UTC)

History[edit]

The article currently claims that "The building... was intended to be a more permanent structure than the other Exposition buildings...". We just toured this museum the other day, and the museum itself has a history exhibit (on the lower level, near the food court) that claims that this building was also designed to be 'temporary', but sometime was converted to 'permanant' by replacing the exterior (formerly plaster) with limestone, and remodeling the interior over the years. They even had a picture of the museum looking delapated before this exterior conversion existed. I don't have a cite other than this, so I won't change the article quite yet. But I do believe the current info in the article may be incorrect... --Rehcsif 03:19, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

  • The Chicago World's Fair of 1893, by Stanley Applebaum, points out that the Fine Arts building was constructed with fireproof materials and was converted into an art museum as soon as the fair closed. The Columbian Museum, as it was called, was closed in 1920, and then sat and rotted for awhile until being refurbished substantially in the early 1930s to make it a truly permanent structure. It would be a stretch to say that it was originally intended to be permanent in the sense of "lasting forever". But it was built to "more permanent" specifications than the other buildings. Semantics. Wahkeenah 04:10, 25 August 2006 (UTC)
    • Thanks for the info. We should probably clarify the article to reflect this... --Rehcsif 20:43, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
      • I changed it slightly. See if it's better now. Wahkeenah 21:39, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
        • The reference you are looking for is a book called Inventive Genius: The History of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago by Jay Pridmore. I think it may be out of print, but I have a copy somewhere. It's the definitive book on the Museum's history. Tsel 03:09, 13 August 2007 (UTC)


Also, at the top, it states that this is the only building left from the fair that still stands on the orginal site. That is false. There are two. The Art Institute is the other. This should be corrected. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 209.131.61.4 (talk) 01:20, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

  • It is the only original world's fair building on the original fair grounds. The Art Institute is not on the original fair grounds. It may have been built at the same time, but was never a part of the World's Columbian Exposition grounds. Witkneekay (talk) 02:20, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Boeing 727[edit]

The article says the Boeing 727 now on display was the first one purchased by United Airlines. My research says it was the seventeenth. The tail number can be researched. Mjburgoyne (talk) 03:10, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

Exhibits[edit]

Someone continues to add the walk-through heart as a standing portion of the museum even after I've changed that before. As already noted in the exhibits portion, it is no longer there. Witkneekay (talk) 02:22, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Navy: Technology at Sea still exist?[edit]

Does any one have more information on this exhibit? Last time I was there, the doors were closed and would not move. The page still exists for it, but it is not included in the list of current exhibits. http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/navy/ 76.16.242.1 (talk) 19:05, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

The exhibit is currently closed. It may be renovated or replaced in the near future. Kataze (talk) 14:53, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

Swiss Jollyball[edit]

Whoever called Swiss Jollyball a "pinball machine" has either never seen Swiss Jollyball or has no idea of what a pinball machine is. R.M. Schultz (talk) 15:44, 26 March 2014 (UTC)