Event Details

Black Creativity Family Day

Learn about African-American innovators, meet scientists, and participate in hands-on activities.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, join the Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate Black Creativity Family Day! These events are included in Museum Entry—which is also free to Illinois residents on this day.

Featured activities include:
Jr. Science Cafés
11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., Balcony Level 3 – Education Lab 1
Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a scientist, engineer, or innovator? Challenge your curiosity, experience fun activities and interact with real scientists during Jr. Science Cafés! In celebration of Black Creativity, African American STEM professionals will inspire youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine.

11 a.m.: Pet Science with Dr. Simuel Hampton, Veterinarian, Anti-Cruelty Society
Noon: Food Safety Lab with TaRhonda Woods, Food Scientist, Northwestern University
1 p.m.: The Science of Sound with David Mays, D.J., Master Mix Academy

Ages 10 and up, parents and chaperones welcome. Sessions last 30 minutes and do not require reservations or tickets. Capacity is 32 per session.

Innovation Studio: Public Drop-in Sessions
Hourly from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Main Level 2 – Rosenwald Court

The Black Creativity Innovation Studio is an exciting space for guests to experiment and explore new ideas through making. Powered by your own curiosity and inspired by challenges in our world, you’ll have access to a variety of materials and tools to create your own solutions to either take home or leave behind in the studio for others to see. Experience the processes of design thinking and innovation and learn about important contributions of African-American innovators to science, technology, engineering and medicine!

Juried Art Exhibition Opening
January 18 - February 21 during Museum hours. Main Level 2 – West Pavilion

Since 1970, the Museum of Science and Industry has hosted the Juried Art Exhibition, the nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American art. The exhibition is a part of the Museum’s Black Creativity program, which showcases African-American achievement in a variety of scientific, artistic and technological fields. The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition presents approximately 100 works of art each year from African-American artists across the nation. Emerging and professional artists are encouraged to submit works for consideration and participate in this amazing history.

For more info, visit:  The Field Museum


The field museum

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL  60605



Event Highlights

  •  January 18, 2016
  •  10:00 am − 3:00 pm
  •  Grade Pre-K to 12
  •  FREE for IL Residents! Otherwise, FREE with general admission