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Feeling inspired to build the unbuildable after seeing this LEGO artist's creations? Come visit Brick by Brick to let your imagination go wild! [ Bit.ly Link ]

21 Whimsical LEGO Creations By Chris McVeigh

Haven't taken down your Christmas decorations yet? Neither have we. The Native American tree displayed in our Christmas Around the World exhibit inspires guests to continue the holiday spirit all year long. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Only two days left to explore Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light! This weekend is your last chance to see more than 50 trees and displays, including the Norway tree, decorated by the Norwegian National League of Chicago. Trees in Norway were traditionally decked out in lit candles, with a bucket of water on standby. [ Bit.ly Link ]
#TBT with a private group tour of the U-505 before MSI opens to the public. During the U-505 In-depth Experience, experts unravel the history of the submarine as you explore the inside of the sub and the surrounding exhibit. Upcoming tour dates are on January 22 and February 25. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Does it feel odd to be back punching the clock this week?

This IBM time recorder is one of two in our Collection, made in the early 1900s when tracking worker hours was still a relatively new facet of industrialization. More background from the Smithsonian: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Congratulations to our own Andrea Ingram for being named one of Chicago’s Top Women in Science. For those in the education field, here are science education trends Andrea expects we'll see in 2017:

1. Schools continue to make progress in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and engineering is further integrated into NGSS teaching and learning.
2. Maker spaces...
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Top Chicago Women in Science

Happy New Year! Here's to kicking off 2017 sunny side up.
(Some big-picture perspective, courtesy of Earth Revealed: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Science doesn’t sleep! But occasionally, it does need a late start. MSI will be open on New Year's Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See you in 2017!
Before rocketing off to 2017, gaze back at some cosmic shots WIRED gathered from 2016.

Want to See 2016’s Most Beautiful Space Photos? Yeah, You Know You Do.

As part of our mission to inspire the inventive genius in everyone, we create access to science in communities by extending MSI's learning experience far beyond Museum walls. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Use that new VR headset from Santa to explore some of the LEGO® structures inside Brick by Brick like never before. These 360 photos place you right in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station and more. Not into the virtual and want reality? Visit our website ([ Bit.ly Link ] to purchase tickets to the Brick by Brick exhibit today.
Merry Christmas to those celebrating! Enjoy the day with family and friends, and we’ll see you on the 26th!
Enjoy the holidays with the entire family at the Museum today from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll be closed tomorrow so our staff can spend the day with their family and friends, but we will reopen on Monday, Dec. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Museum Hours

A searing hot door handle, one soaring paint can, and the swing of a crow bar. Could a person survive the Home Alone traps? Thanks to Hollywood’s magic you could, but scientifically speaking Jake Roper answers the question for us!

Jake Roper from VSauce Proves the Devastating Effects of the HOME ALONE Booby Traps | Nerdist

Get into the spirit of the holidays with a little help from our larger-than-life LEGO® friend! Just as our friend discovers, there is something for everyone this season at MSI. [ Bit.ly Link ]
What's the science behind the winter solstice? It's all in the tilt. ☀

The winter solstice is Wednesday: 7 things to know about the shortest day of the year

Be sure to take a walk down Holiday Lane, where we have a display of custom LEGO® ornaments. We asked local Chicago organizations, public figures and sports teams to channel their inner builders to design and create their own tree trimming. Get inspired by this collection and find instructions for some of them on our website: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The Guatemalan tree, decorated by the Consulado General De Guatemala En Chicago, features handmade ornaments that evoke memories of the Central American country. From colorful garlands to musical instruments, the tree represents a festive Guatemalan Christmas spirit. Discover more cultural decorations and holiday traditions at Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light!