Explore the 'White City' of 1893 at MSI - NBC Chicago

Explore the 'White City' of 1893 at MSI

The Museum of Science and Industry presents a virtual simulation tour of the 1893 World's Fair

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    Take a trip back in time to the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry this weekend only.

    The MSI will present a virtual simulation tour of the fair and take visitors back to when the museum was the Palace of Fine Arts. The museum is the only building left from the World's Fair.

    Chicago's "White City" will be reconstructed with real-time simulation technology presented by Dr. Lisa M. Snyder from the Urban Simulation Team at UCLA.

    Tim Samuelson, cultural historian for the City of Chicago, will narrate the tour with facts and commentary about the Exposition. After the hour-long presentation, there will be time for guests to ask questions.

    Since the tour was last offered, new landmarks from the Fair have been added, MSI says. The newest addition to the tour is the reconstruction model of the "Street in Cairo" on the Midway Plaisance.

    The tour is offered at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $30, and include the museum's general admission. Space is limited, and it is recommended to call ahead for tickets at 773-684-1414.

    The museum also offers a monthly White City virtual tour presentation, "The White City ... Then and Now," with the next tour date Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m.