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Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
+1 773-684-1414
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The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see. You’ll experience 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and have the chance to stand before a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; descend into an Illinois coal mine; tour a fully functioning eco-friendly home; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart; and much more! MSI is not a place where you walk around quietly and observe. No way! You get involved in the fun—and learn—by doing. Just a few miles from downtown with convenient underground parking.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
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"u boat"
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"all ages"
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"weather exhibit"
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"flight simulator"
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"brick by brick"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very neat museum, especially loved the area dedicated to weather phenomena. It’s kind of smaller inside than we were expecting, but overall it was neat :)

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Reviewed yesterday

Took our sons (18 & 21) to museum on Easter Sunday. Had not been since they were small children. Had a great time. The U-boat exhibit was really well-done. We also did the tour of the sub. It was very interesting, but not sure it...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one cool place. A little out of the way in South Chicago but that makes it easy to get to and a doddle to park at. Parking is on site below the museum and the usual Chicago sticker shock. The museum itself is...More

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I wasnt sure if we would be interested in many of the things to do, so I didn't plan alot of time here. I was wrong! Oh my gosh, it was so fun and interesting! I wish we could have spent more time here. The...More

Thank Renee L
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Here the best and only tip you will need. BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE!!!! The U Boat Tour was sold out before the place even opened. We did the Coal Miner Tour, not worth the money. We were there 4 hours and we could have stayed...More

Thank samjry
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I found the science museum to be one of the most interesting science museums I have ever been to. There are many interactive science activities and it is well laid out and fun as well as educational.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is massive and you will need at least one full day to check out this place as there are several exhibits over multiple floors. Lots of things to do for both children and adults and various interactive activities to keep you engaged and...More

Thank Bill F
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had we not been told about it we would never have found it. It's about 8 miles south of central Downtown but well worth the taxi ride. You'll be impressed and don't forget the mirror maze while you're there.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I visited during a Monday morning/early afternoon. Wasn't overly crowded - just a couple of school groups visiting while we were there. We had a great time. My wife really enjoyed seeing the Fairy Princess Castle. We both really enjoyed the toy...More

Thank J-from-Marysville
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I recently went here with a school trip. We only had about 2 hours to explore, but with a 25 minute movie we also were watching we only had about an hour and 45 minutes to walk around. The museum was so huge and spectacular...More

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Marc M
11 April 2018|
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Response from DJN-Jr | Reviewed this property |
If you can’t avoid going on a more crowded day, get a VIP pass or fast pass thru CityPass. And I’d get there when it opens. Then you won’t have to wait in the line for 90-120 minutes.
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chadw19752018
27 March 2018|
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Response from Brenda W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is safe to drive to the museum. The majority of the drive is expressway driving no matter which way you chose to go. The best, fastest and safest route is Lake Shore Drive. There is an exit right at the museum off... More
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rzahrobsky
16 March 2018|
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Response from bosoxgirl79 | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure they have a limited number available. You can call the museum to reserve one ahead of time I believe.
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