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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.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Hyde Park
+1 773-684-1414
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent place for families. There is so much to see here for everyone. The German U boat was awesome! We spent about 3 hours here and it was well worth it. Kids will have plenty to do here. Tons of hands on activities.

1  Thank andrew1768
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a great museum for all ages. Interactive, interesting and worth the bus or uber ride to view all the museum has to offer. Make sure you schedule plenty of time to view all the others. There are extra costs for special events

Thank knrowe4
Reviewed 2 days ago

People in the Second City (a.k.a. Chicago) probably hate to hear this description of their beloved and popular Museum of Science and Industry, but it's version of the Smithsonian. I mean that a compliment. To do this place justice you need a solid four hours....More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 2 days ago

The last visit to The Museum of Science and Industry was back in 1984, and I always vowed to make a return. Luckily, I was able to make a visit with my 11-year-old son. Needless to say, it was enjoyable for both of us. Yes,...More

Thank richysk
Reviewed 2 days ago

I first visited this incredible museum as a kid in the 60s, and was delighted to find it better than ever when visiting this month with my kids. The upgrades to the U-505 exhibit are amazing and the tour itself was a wonderful experience. An...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 3 days ago

An in-depth review would take pages. Where does one begin? Every space, nook or cranny has something to see at this world class museum. Prepare to spend a least a day. Two if you have the time. It is so well worth it. You won't...More

Thank yurkiddin
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interactive place, great for kids to learn about science and nature. Less oriented on history. Adults will find interesting things to do too. The submarine tour was interesting, but very rushed. The guide would speak fast and not let us look around as much...More

Thank Kamil C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We paid $16 for parking in an attached lot that didn't have any signs about validating parking in the museum. In fact, the signage said to pay for parking and leave the tag in the car. When we got inside, we found out we could...More

1  Thank d s
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was included with our Chicago City Pass. We were able to do the Fast Pass line and choose an extra activity (we chose the Coal Miner Tour). We started with the Coal Miner Tour since it was near the entrance. The museum was large...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As Chicagoland locals, we live about an hour from MSI and certainly don't ever just 'swing by.' However, on this visit with curious friends in town, this was their pick. Perfect day, highly recommend an early start to avoid crowds and have best pick of...More

Thank familygalChicagoIL
Hyde Park
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
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15 August 2017|
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Response from Mary D | Reviewed this property |
My group's oldest was 9, I saw a lot of teens there and not one sullen face in the bunch!
15 August 2017|
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Response from Alibi78 | Reviewed this property |
It's got something for all ages kids. Lots of knowledge but in a fun and interesting way.
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Response from Angela W | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty to keep all ages entertained .