MSI Christmas tree tradition returns

Herald Intern

The Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating the holiday season with its traditional “Christmas Around the World” tree display, as well as an exhibit featuring the characters and stories of Charles Schultz’ popular cartoon “Peanuts.”

The annual tree display, now in its 71st year, celebrates diverse cultures with over 50 trees ornamented by Chicago volunteers representing various ethnic groups. Included in the display are a Native American tree decorated with, among other things, tobacco, a Puerto Rican tree on which visitors can find guitars and other instruments and a Bolivian tree decked with dolls. In addition to the trees, the museum will again include items remembering holidays involving light and enlightenment from around the world.

Also in the MSI for the holiday season is the museum’s “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit” display. Until Sunday, Jan. 6th, guests can stroll through reproductions of the comic strip’s stories from Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, as well as displays which incorporate such unique media as gingerbread in portraying icons like Snoopy’s doghouse. Other Peanuts-themed activities, including one that asks patrons to finish the classic literary beginning to Snoopy’s novel, “It was a dark and stormy night…” are incorporated into the exhibit.

As part of its holiday program, the museum will run a series of culturally styled events each weekend until Sunday, Dec. 30th. A full schedule can be found on the MSI’s website,

The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be open one hour later on December 1, 2, 8, and 9, as well as from Dec. 15-23 and Dec. 26-30. Admission for Chicago residents is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for children under 11. General admission is $15, $14, and $10, respectively. Call the museum, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, at 773-684-1414 with questions.