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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

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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My Favorite Museum!

I'm a museum junkie, so I do not take it lightly that this is my favorite museum. So much to see and do here. Definitely make time to see the Tesla Coil fire! Wonderful place to... read more

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Richmond, IN
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I'm a museum junkie, so I do not take it lightly that this is my favorite museum. So much to see and do here. Definitely make time to see the Tesla Coil fire! Wonderful place to take kids, too. Came today while chaperoning a group of 90 6th graders, many of whom had never been to a place like this.... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been incredibly spoiled by the Boston Museum of Science and it's diverse and astoundingly plentiful array of interactive exhibits based on science and the enviroment, so I must admit that the Chicago museum was a bit underwhelming. Enjoyed the tour of the U-505 Sub and the Apollo/Mercury exhibits, but...was totally baffled by the stale circus displays. My son remarked... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A good museum with a variety of exhibits. Particularly like the German U-boat exhibit and the coal mine. Be advised that many school children visit during the school year and the museum can be very noisy.

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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The scale of the building was impressive. They have a real jet (727) hanging from the ceiling! One section of the museum was built around a real WWII sub! We purchased tickets for the Wow tour along with general admission. I would highly recommend it. We saw things and did things not available to people outside the tour.

Thank Diane W
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A very good museum to visit in Chicago, suitable for all ages, they have almost everything ab science in there, the submarine is SO COOL!

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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has many very interesting exhibits but also a lot of hard surface so the decibels can reach epic levels very quickly. Not good for anyone who might suffer from being over stimulated.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

if you have children in school this is an outstanding museum! the learning experience is incredible.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here with some friends (all in our early 20s) and we had a blast like little kids. The exhibits are entertaining for everyone and super interactive. The tesla coil demonstration was our favorite. If you're visiting Chicago, I would put this museum on the list of priorities!

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Newark, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have children with a love of learning who enjoy hands-on and interactive exhibits, this is for you. From farming to the future, this museum has a lot of offer. It's quite large, so plan in walking and wear good shoes.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to see. I've been coming here since I've been a child and I still have the same feeling of awe when I come here. Love the submarine. Start by entering to the right so you remember what you've already seen or you'll miss something for sure. The kids and adults will both love 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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