The Museum of Science and Industry: Now the Griffin Museum

Hyde Park’s Museum of Science and Industry Renamed in Honor of $125 Million Donation: A Closer Look at the New Exhibits and Griffin’s Legacy

The Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park is undergoing a major transformation following a $125 million donation from Kenneth C. Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel hedge fund. The museum will officially rename to the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry on Sunday to commemorate this generous gift.

To mark this occasion, the museum will be offering free admission on Sunday for all visitors to enjoy. This donation, which is the largest in the museum’s history, has enabled the creation of new exhibits and experiences for visitors to explore. Among these exciting new offerings are the Griffin Studio digital space and Notes to Neurons, an interactive multimedia exhibit focused on music.

Kenneth C. Griffin has been a significant supporter of the arts in Chicago for many years, making substantial donations to organizations such as the Field Museum and sitting on the board of the MCA. His latest donation to the Museum of Science and Industry has also helped fund renovations at the Henry Crown Space Center, which now features state-of-the-art exhibits like SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and a film experience called “Superhuman Body: World of Medical Marvels.”

Griffin’s philanthropy extends beyond Chicago as well, with donations to other cultural institutions and nonprofits around the world. Although he relocated Citadel’s headquarters to Miami in 2022, his impact on this museum will continue to be felt for years to come.

This generous gift from Kenneth C. Griffin has not only transformed this museum but also solidified his legacy as a supporter of education and culture in Chicago and beyond.

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