Kenneth C. Griffin’s $125 Million Gift Transforms Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Ken Griffin’s name incorporated into Museum of Science and Industry rebranding | Evening Digest

The Museum of Science and Industry, also known as MSI, is undergoing a significant transformation with the official name change to the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry. This rebranding comes in recognition of a generous $125 million donation from Kenneth C. Griffin, the founder of Citadel hedge fund, nearly five years ago. The name change will take effect this Sunday, May 19, and to celebrate admission to the museum located at 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr. will be free on that day. Additionally, new exhibits and experiences made possible by Griffin’s donation will be unveiled on this special occasion.

Dr. Chevy Humphrey, the president and CEO of MSI, expressed deep gratitude to Ken Griffin for his historic and generous investment in the museum, its mission, and its long-term future. The donation allows MSI to create exhibits focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists and leaders while supporting science education in schools and neighborhoods. This is the largest donation in MSI’s 91-year history and was first announced in October 2019.

Throughout his time in Chicago, Griffin has been a significant supporter of arts, cultural, and educational institutions in the state. His contributions include $150 million to the University of Chicago’s economics department, $21 million to the Field Museum, as well as contributions to other nonprofits such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Griffin expressed his pride in supporting MSI’s mission to inspire creativity and curiosity in everyone by investing in projects such as the Griffin Studio – a unique digital space – premier exhibition “Notes to Neurons,” which uses immersive audio and interactive technologies to teach visitors about music’s power; renovating Henry Crown Space Center; creating a new immersive digital experience in MSI’s rotunda; among others things that align with his philanthropic interests

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