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Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
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+1 773-684-1414
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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Another fascinating Chicago Museum

This museum has an abundance of exhibits that will have you thinking, scratching your head, wondering "what if" and wanting to go back. This museum holds the many accomplishments... read more

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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum has an abundance of exhibits that will have you thinking, scratching your head, wondering "what if" and wanting to go back. This museum holds the many accomplishments of man kind as well as many exhibits that show what nature holds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The science museum was enormous! So much to see and do. If you add on exhibits, I would highly suggest the uboat tour. Wander down there earlier than your tour time. There are cool things to see before you start the tour and they leave on time. We almost missed our time. The tour guide was great and the tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love coming to the Museum of Science and Industry to walk through and see what is new, in a different area, or what New improvements are in the museum. I always see things that I've missed before or maybe it's that I have forgotten about them because my head's always turning around looking at the displays. It's a great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is full of exhibits and things to do. Most impressive was the full-size authentic German U-boat. I highly recommend the U-boat tour, but make sure you get to the exhibit early to walk through first. I wish I had time to see some of the other exhibits: most notably the Lego exhibit, and the space exhibit. Spent 3.5... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Yes, I'm a science nerd, but that being said, I think MSI is my favorite museum in Chicago. The coal mine is a particular favorite - just as fun as an adult as it was when I was a kid.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On a recent trip to Chicago, we took our 8-year-old son to the Museum of Science and Industry. What a place! There are so many displays and cool, interactive exhibits. From a vortex demonstration to a body parts display, to a German U-505 submarine -- inside the museum -- there is something to see and do at every turn. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been visiting here for years and Christmas around the world is always a pleasure. The Japanese Garden behind the museum is beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Over the holiday season my wife and I took our toddler on a VERY snowy day. We wanted to see the Christmas Trees from around the world that we hadn't seen since we were kids. It was just as good if not better than I remember! Seeing all the trees and learning about the cultures was great. We even got... More 

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

One day is definitely not enough to go and try all that is offered to you here. Can't wait to check more stuff as we ran out of time to do it last time. This thing is just amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a science nerds dream. If you want your kids to learn in a fun way how things are made and produced this is the place for you. We will have to make a second trip to explore as there wasn't enough time for extra exploration. Give yourself two full days to really take in everything. It's worth it!

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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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