HYDE PARK — The Museum of Science and Industry has combed through its 35,000 artifacts to pick 80 that epitomize its 80 years of exhibits.
Starting Wednesday, the museum’s lower court galleries featured a dog-powered butter churn and the Transparent Anatomical Manikin, which museum visitors in the 1970s may remember.
“The '80 at 80' exhibit is a fantastic way to not only celebrate the museum’s rich past, but also to showcase where innovation is taking us in the future,” said Kathleen McCarthy, the museum’s director of collections. “There are artifacts here that are fun and quirky, designed to amuse our guests, but there are also those that are meant to inform and inspire them — and tell the unique story of where we’ve been and where we might go.”
The museum will display contemporary technology like Google Glasses, which project a display into the eye, and debunked tech like the 1925 Spectro-Chrome, which promised to cure illness through exposure to colored lights.
The exhibit is included with entrance to the museum and will run through Feb. 2.