The U-505 submarine, the Pioneer Zephyr train, Earth Revealed, Genetics and The Baby Chick Hatchery, and the Science of Storms are some of the popular displays permanently on exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The museum has many other permanent displays as well as temporary exhibits that are changed and updated throughout the year.
The U-505 is one of the infamous German U-boats of World War II. It was captured when depth charges from the USS Chatelain blasted it to the surface off the coast of West Africa on June 4, 1944. The submarine is completely restored and lets museum visitors tour the inside of the only U-boat in the United States.
The Pioneer Zephyr was the diesel passenger train that broke the speed record from Denver to Chicago in 1934. Guests can tour the entire train from the engineer's cockpit to the dining car, see newsreel footage from its famous run, and drive the train on a computer simulator.
A large carbon fiber globe dramatically suspended between projectors and computers shows visitors how our planet works in Earth Revealed. Data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is used to create a dynamic display of the living system that is Earth.
Witnessing how baby chicks come to life at the hatchery and watching cloned mice in the DNA lab are very popular events. For those who have ever wondered why a wave breaks, a tornado spins, lightning strikes or a flame burns, the Science of Storms is a great display.