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HYDE PARK — The South Side's famed science museum has new name: the Griffin Museum of Science and Industry.

The rebranding is in honor of billionaire Ken Griffin, who gave the museum $125 million in 2019. Griffin's company, Citadel, was headquartered in Chicago for 30 years before moving to Miami, Florida, in 2022.

“This gift helps us create exhibits of the future geared toward the next generation of scientists and leaders; it allows us to dig our heels in deeper to support science education in local schools and neighborhoods in new, more profound ways; and it enables us to carry out our mission to inspire the inventive genius in all of us,” museum President Dr. Chevy Humphrey said in a statement Tuesday.

A rendering of the renovated Henry Crown Space Center, part of the Griffin Museum of Science and Industry. Credit: Provided/Griffin Museum of Science and Industry

Alongside the new name, the museum also has unveiled several new exhibits made possible by Griffin's gift, including a renovated Henry Crown Space Center, home of the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft.

The premiere exhibition at the new Griffin Studio, a one-of-a-kind digital space, will be “Notes to Neurons,” a multimedia experience that explores the power of music. A new Giant Dome Theatre film experience, “Superhuman Body: World of Medical Marvels” tells the stories behind ground-breaking medical innovations.

The Griffin Museum of Science and Industry is offering free admission Sunday in celebration of its new name so that visitors have a chance to see the new exhibits, officials said. The museum, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, is open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Ken Griffin was ranked 21st on the 2022 Forbes list of richest Americans and was Illinois' richest man. That same year, he moved from Chicago to Florida, taking the Citadel headquarters with him. A Griffin representative previously told Block Club that Griffin has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to various educational, cultural, medical and civic organizations.

More information about the rebrand is available on the museum website.


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