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Big Ten museum opens Saturday in Rosemont

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  • Robin Jentes, Big Ten director of branding, demonstrates the use of a display at the new Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont. The museum features 13 interactive exhibits highlighting the conference's history dating back to 1896.

       Robin Jentes, Big Ten director of branding, demonstrates the use of a display at the new Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont. The museum features 13 interactive exhibits highlighting the conference's history dating back to 1896.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Robin Jentes, Big Ten director of branding, tries her skills as a hockey goalie while using a display at the new Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont.

       Robin Jentes, Big Ten director of branding, tries her skills as a hockey goalie while using a display at the new Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Big Ten Connect is one of the displays at the new interactive Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont. Patrons can view live footage from Big Ten television partners on five screens and interact with the conference's and schools' social media pages.

       Big Ten Connect is one of the displays at the new interactive Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont. Patrons can view live footage from Big Ten television partners on five screens and interact with the conference's and schools' social media pages.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Adam Augustine, Big Ten spokesman, stands in front of a display at the new interactive Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont.

       Adam Augustine, Big Ten spokesman, stands in front of a display at the new interactive Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A view of several of the exhibits, including Big Ten Connect, at the new interactive Big Ten Museum.

       A view of several of the exhibits, including Big Ten Connect, at the new interactive Big Ten Museum.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Patrons enter the new interactive Big Ten Museum by passing through this "1" in the conference logo. The museum opens Saturday in Rosemont.

       Patrons enter the new interactive Big Ten Museum by passing through this "1" in the conference logo. The museum opens Saturday in Rosemont.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Big Ten Experience, a new interactive museum aiming to bring Big Ten Conference history to fan's fingertips, will open to the public Saturday at the conference's Rosemont headquarters.

The museum features 13 interactive exhibits showcasing notable events dating back to when the conference was founded in 1896.

"It gives people a place to come and celebrate the history of the schools," conference spokesman Adam Augustine said Thursday. "To have a space like this to showcase our universities like this is great."

To display all of those artifacts in one reasonably sized space, much of the historical content is displayed on interactive screens.

Augustine said the museum's system makes for a better experience.

"It will be meaningful for people to interact with it rather than just having it all behind glass," Augustine said.

The museum will feature displays on prominent alumni -- from both on and off the field -- from each Big Ten school.

One exhibit, the Big Ten Theater, provides patrons a behind-the-scenes, immersive audio and video experience looking at student-athletes and traditions. The subjects range from the hallowed Assembly Hall at Indiana to the Minnesota ice hockey team to the Ohio State University Marching Band.

There also will be exhibits that are just for fun, like an interactive game where visitors can attempt to catch a football, stop a soccer ball or block a hockey puck.

Patrons can enter the museum by stepping through the "1" in a large version of the conference's "B1G" logo at the headquarters, 5440 Park Place in Rosemont.

The museum will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. Admission is free.

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