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More than meets the eye: MSI's endless collection

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Behind the touch of gloves, tucked away in a corner behind a set of doors at the Museum of Science and Industry lies a labyrinth of landmarks.

Welcome to 'the collection.'

For as much wonder and amazement awaits to be discovered at the Museum of Science and Industry, 90 percent of everything they possess lies hidden within their collections department.

Kathleen McCarthy, the director of collections at the museum, knows a little bit about human ingenuity – she’s in charge of the care and preservation for the seemingly endless trove of treasures sheltered within the walls.

From a squirrel treadmill that acted as a source of power in the late 1800s, to one of the original electric cars of 1923; From the over sized wrenches of their famed German U-boat, to a miniature autograph book signed by both Albert Einstein and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the museum’s collection of the past is a testament to the future.

While the museum can only showcase so much at a time, their reach into history is hardly limited by floor space.

Only museum members are permitted into the collection, and that’s only on the rare special occasions.

So for now, the past awaits, teaching us just where we came from and just where we can go.

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