Chicago Sights: #ExtremeIce at Museum Of Science & Industry

Climate change is the subject of the week it seems, and our visits around Chicago museums last week concluded with a ride to the Museum of Science & Industry on Chicago’s south side. I have to admit, it has been a while since I’ve visited and I must say that I found myself needing to go back. Soon. Anyhow, MSI (that’s what us cool Chicago natives call it) is home to Extreme Ice and will be on site until early 2019. 

We were lucky enough to be in the space at the same time as James Balog, and he and the ladybug enjoyed chatting global warming, and where his adventures took him. She then informed him of all of the places that we had visited and all of the places that we may have noticed proof of climate change taking place. Here she’s telling him about our visit to North Dakota last year. 

Extreme Ice at Museum Of Science and Industry

Through stunning photography and time-lapse videography, guests witness how climate change is causing dramatic glacier melt, and discover how people around the world can make a difference.

There is an ice wall in the exhibit that showcases how heat really does melt glaciers away with very little energy. The kids enjoyed seeing how long they could hold their hands on it. There were teens in the exhibit were a little bit more hardcore, and some had their handprints emblazoned on the glacier about a quarter inch deep. 

Extreme Ice at Museum Of Science and Industry

Extreme Ice at the Museum Of Science and Industry

The images featured in Extreme Ice were captured over a multi-year period by photographer James Balog. Using precisely engineered time-lapse cameras, Balog and his team documented 24 glaciers from around the globe. Scenes depicted in the exhibit include the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland, the Columbia Glacier in Alaska, Grinnell Glacier in Montana’s Glacier National Park, Mount Everest in Nepal, and many more.

Extreme Ice at Museum Of Science and Industry

In addition to photography and videos, equipment and a customized camera that Balog and his team used on their expeditions will be on display, helping guests understand the physical demands that Balog and his team endured traveling to these remote destinations. Hands-on interactive elements include a 7-foot ice wall that guests can touch.

Balog and his team were featured in the Emmy award–winning documentary “Chasing Ice” and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special “Extreme Ice.”

Extreme Ice at Museum Of Science and Industry

When you do enter the exhibit, there is a short film to watch, and then you’re swept into beautiful photography that happens to be a bit sad at the same time. Seeing massive glaciers in their glory, giving way to just rock after six years is a sobering realization. I suggest that everyone visit this exhibit, and take someone with you. Our planet depends on it. 

Museum Of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637

Hours: 9:30 – 5:30pm
Adult$18 ($16 online)
Child (ages 3-11) – $11 ($9 online)

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  • Reply
    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    March 31, 2017 at 9:22 am

    That is so cool! I love the Museum of Science and Industry. I go there if possible on every trip I take to Chicago. That exhibit seems amazing!

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    March 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    This would be such a wonderful educational experience. I am always looking for new and exciting things to do with the kids. I also think the documentary at the beginning would be a great thing for them to see. Thanks!

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    Chrysa Duran
    March 31, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    This looks like such an amazing place. I would love to experience myself the wonders.

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    Claudia Krusch
    March 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    The Museum Of Science and Industry looks like an interesting place. I love to learn new things. It would be so cool to see the extreme ice in person.

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    March 31, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I really felt a difference this year with the climate change. I would love to go see the Museum Of Science and Industry.

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    Janeane M. Davis
    March 31, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    There is something wonderful about a science museum. I like the way the children were able to see, feel and really experience science the way they did with the ice wall.

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    Danielle Isom (@ImMakingTime)
    March 31, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Climate change is definitely something that’s happening and I wish some people would stop ignoring it. I think a museum display like this definitely tends to put things in perspective and it would be interesting to see the images of how the glaciers changed over the years.

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    March 31, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    That’s the best museum in Chicago. Amazing exhibition

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    24/7 Modern Mom (@247ModernMom)
    March 31, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    What a wonderful learning adventure! I love when children can experience signing in an interactive, memorable, and meaningful way.

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