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Mold-A-Ramas That Have Delighted Chicagoans For Decades To Be Featured In Museum Of Science And Industry Exhibit

The machines allow fans to pop in just a few coins and pick a molded figure to be made. The mold is created within minutes.

Mold-a-ramas are beloved in Chicago.
Flickr/Randy Chiu

CHICAGO — Mold-a-Ramas have long held a special place in the heart of Chicagoans — and now they’re getting their time in the spotlight at a Museum of Science and Industry exhibit.

The museum is hosting “Mold-A-Rama,” a temporary exhibit of popular, rare and experimental molds from the machines, according to its website. It is open now through 2023, and there is no additional price to view it.

Mold-a-Ramas are frequent sights in museums such as Science and Industry. The machines allow fans to pop in just a few coins and pick a molded figure to be made. The mold is created within minutes.

The exhibit will feature molds with “quirky colors, designs and — of course — [the] signature smell,” according to the museum’s website.

People will also be able to make their own molds and take them home at the exhibit, according to the museum.

The museum is open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Tickets can be bought online.

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