Free Days and New Exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry

October is a great month for free museum days at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the following days have free admission:  October 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21 ,22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30.  They also have a fascinating new exhibit called You – the expereince, which looks at the complexity of humananity, including their body, their choices, their personality, and their environment. Who you are depends on how you care for yourself and enjoy your life. YOU! The Experience brings these elements together into an interactive exhibit examining and celebrating the experience of life itself.  Participatory exhibits include testing your basketball moves with a virtual coach or playing Mind Ball, a game of “competitive relaxation” in which players win by controlling their brainwaves.


Come on out and examine real human embryos and fetuses illustrating the wonders of human development and other amazing human specimens showcasing the extraordinary complexity of the body. Diagnose and treat medical conditions with the Human Patient Simulator—a computer model-driven, full-sized mannequin. And use your own heartbeat to make the Museum’s new giant “Heart” come alive, transmitting your pulse to the Heart and making it beat in time with your own.

You’ll also be presented with activities to get you thinking about your goals, your future and your priorities. Create a list of personal life goals you can store and share with others. Hear thoughts on life from people who have lived 100 years of it, and have a chance to contribute some of your own life story. Preview your future with a digital glimpse at how you might look 25 years from now.

YOU! The Experience is filled with interactive opportunities that provoke questions, invite debate and inspire us all to optimize our personal health and well-being.

YOU! The Experience opens October 8, 2009 in Abbott Hall.

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