Museum of Science & Industry’s ‘Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light’ goes virtual

Greek Tree
The Greek tree is decorated with various elements representing Greece's customs during Christmas. The tree is on virtual display at “Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light” at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago until Jan. 3rd, 2021. (Jade Nash/MEDILL)

By Jade Nash
Medill Reports

Just days after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a city-wide stay-at-home advisory, the Museum of Science and Industry’s holiday exhibit “Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light” began virtual celebrations.

At a press conference on Nov. 12, the Mayor advised Chicago residents to only leave their homes for work, school and other essential needs. The updated advisory took effect on Nov. 16, as COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the city.

The advisory began just days after the opening of the Museum of Science and Industry’s annual holiday celebration. In light of the new restrictions, the museum temporarily closed its doors to visitors. This video, exploring the “Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light” exhibit, was created before the advisory took effect.

Under the new advisory, visitors are now able to take a live tour of the holiday exhibit. The next tour is scheduled to be streamed for free on the museum’s website on Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. CST. The museum will offer an additional live tour on Christmas Eve at 4:30 p.m. CST.

Jade Nash covers race, ethnicity, and culture at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter at @jadenashnews.

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