Uta Staley frequents museums and the arts across Chicago, Illinois. Uta Staley also donates to city attractions such as the Museum of Science and Industry. The Museum of Science and Industry houses more than 35,000 pieces and almost 15 acres of exhibits geared toward people of all ages. As the largest science building in the Western Hemisphere, the museum opened in 1933 and more than 175 million visitors have passed through its doors.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum features temporary ones. From March 2013 through September 2013, the museum hosts an exhibit entitled Animals Inside Out. Through cooperation with veterinary programs, animal groups, and zoos, the museum shows the inner workings of animals found across the world.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens, who created the Body Worlds exhibit that showcased humans in the same capacity, helped to create the animal specimens through plastination. This process prevents decay and replaces the animal's body fluids with plastic in order to create these visual exhibits, and visitors can view the animals' central nervous systems and organs. Included in the exhibit are ostriches, giraffes, crocodiles, reindeer, bulls, octopuses, and squid.
Uta Staley, a native of Germany and a long-time resident of Chicago, Illinois, devotes much of her time to supporting the arts in her adopted city.