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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%
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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 yesterday

My husband and I visited here with general admission and we added on the tour of he U boat and the robot exhibition. Even without the 2 add on exhibitoins we could have spent most of the day here. There was plenty to see and...More

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had the greatest time at the museum for my daughters 10th Birthday. There was so much to do and see. We were all able to find things that interested us. We learned alot. The submarine tour and mine were fabulous. Both of the tour...More

Thank Jes3ka88
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is big!!!!!! And deep, its even got a coal mine, well ok thats fake, but the tour guide, Miner Daniel in our case, was very real, really good !!! Bearing in mind that he has to come out with the same spiel all...More

1  Thank totankayotanka
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum has clearly designated areas with a variety of exhibit types for all ages depending on how in-depth the individual wants to go.

Thank carol23k
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We absolutely loved the place! So much to see in so little time. Everyone is right when they say do what you want to do first. We took it floor by floor and didn't have the time so we didn't get to see a lot...More

1  Thank Mandi L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The AAP had a private party here one evening and I was blown away at how well this museum was put together. Lots of great exhibits but the coal mine exhibit is what I found most humbling.

Thank EmeraldKnight
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I am so in love with this Museum you can see anything and everything here and do so much and learn so many different things. It is well worth the cost to pay for some of the extra things. My favorite thing probably was the...More

1  Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

They have a lot of aviation exhibits which is what made me want to go. Also a submarine in side. But like everything else it cost money to get in to museum then everything you want to do inside also cost money. It's quite a...More

Thank Craig D
Reviewed 4 days ago

A couple of notes. First, this museum is not served directly by the L train, their subway. Second, to get there, if you do have a Ventra pass or ticket, their subway ticket, take the Red line to Garfield. Then take the 55 bus east....More

2  Thank russcox
Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum has a lot to offer and the learning potential is fantastic. This place has a little of everything and you can spend hours there. Great for adults and kids!

Thank okiedawg
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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Mandi L
5 September 2017|
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Response from spinkick | Reviewed this property |
I would say 4 hours is a good bet. The submarine is a must see. Also the dollhouse and coal mine. The 1890s street is a must do and stop in the iceream store- a bit $$ but is good. Most of the exhibits have alot of touchy... More
Mandi L
5 September 2017|
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Response from jcisinthehouse | Reviewed this property |
It depends on whether you're interested in doing some of the extra-fee exhibits or not. We did 3 extras (lego, coal mine and submarine tour) and spend 5 hours in the museum including 30 mins for lunch. We could easily spend... More
15 August 2017|
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Response from 0chicagotraveler1 | Reviewed this property |
This museum has the broadest appeal of any I've ever visited. It's interesting cradle to grave.