The Museum of Science and Industry has conserved its historic collection of model ships and renovated the iconic Ships Gallery exhibit. The new Ships Gallery, presented by Captain Dave Truitt, showcases the highlights of ship design and evolution through beautifully detailed model ships.

MSI has consistently displayed an eclectic ship model collection to its guests since opening in 1933. In January 2015, MSI began plans to completely reinvent the exhibit and conserve all of its delicate model ships.

The project kicked off in June 2016, temporarily closing down the gallery. The new Ships Gallery presents 43 exquisitely crafted scale ship models, retelling the ships’ storied backgrounds—from the earliest beginnings to today’s mega-ships.