Sunday, January 01, 2006

German u-boat center of new museum display

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Pittsburgh Tribune Review
May 25, 2005

German World War II submarine captured in 1944 has been refurbished and restored for public viewing at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

The exhibit centered on the submarine U-505 opens June 5. The boat has been scraped, painted and placed in a 35,000-foot underground hall that will house several World War II-era related exhibits, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

The boat had been on display outside the museum since its arrival in Chicago in 1954. The museum launched a $35 million project to refurbish the 252-foot-long craft and build a larger display. The new exhibit will feature many items donated to the museum by people who heard of the project when the submarine was being lowered into its new site, the newspaper said.

Among the new aspects of the exhibition will be a recreation of a secret F-21 submarine tracking room in Washington in which holograms of actors seem to wander about the room.

The submarine U-505 was captured off the west African coast in 1944. U.S. officials found two Enigma code machines on board, which helped the Allies crack the German code.


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