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Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Phone Number: +1 773-684-1414
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only...

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.

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Best museum so far!!!

Visitors can spend hours in this amazing museum! With all of the attractions, the plane models, the great "Science storms" area and the model of Chicago, this is the coolest... read more

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Caesarea, Israel
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visitors can spend hours in this amazing museum! With all of the attractions, the plane models, the great "Science storms" area and the model of Chicago, this is the coolest museum that I've been in so far!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great way to spend the day in Chicago. Each visit is different and the trains are mesmerizing. Superb diversion!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are into learning and have kids who love to keep learning about things as well... this is a great spot. It has a ton of cool things to do and read about. its 3 or 4 stories, cant remember since i did a ton of walking that day. My favorite part was the 2 story tornado demo it... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

International Christmas Tree display brought me to this museum, but I was impressed also by the variety of educational and interactive exhibits from genetics with chicks to tornadoes and avalanches. It is enormous but worth focusing on a selection of exhibits. An architectural exhibit about being creative, called Brick By Brick, featured Legos as the bricks and demonstrated architectural considerations... More 

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has an amazing German U boat to tour. It is a must see. The science of weather and human anatomy displayed was phenomenal and kid friendly. Take a half day and see these displays.

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went with a large family group over Thanksgiving weekend. Although we were there five years ago it felt like the first time again. Some of the exhibits were the same but there was a lot of new things to see too. Our age group ranged from 50's, to teens and 5 year olds and there was plenty for everybody.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like a science museum this one is excellent, there is a great range and scope of exhibits. I had been before but this time did the U-boat tour which is well worth it.The science demonstrations are also fun and well done

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There were a lot of things I didn’t like about this visit – the $15 parking charge, the 25-minute wait to buy tickets, no discount for senior citizens, the high admission cost; but the German submarine made it all worthwhile! I 1944 the US Navy, eager to learn the secrets of the German submarine service so as to stop the... More 

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Soldotna, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been visiting the museum for over 40 years. As a native Chicagoan who has moved away, I visit from time to time when I return home with fond memories of my youth. I have been a member in the past and membership benefits are well worth the cost. It's an excellent visit for in town families and tourists... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been in this museum every year with my children and it's like it's the first time each time. a day is not enough. There is so much you can have the children be interactive and hands on. Take your own snack or picnic to save on food

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If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.
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