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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
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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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Exhausting in a Good Way

The brochure claims people spend up to 4 hours here. Definitely true. The tour of the German U-Boat was worth the extra price. A lot of the exhibits have a history angle to them... read more

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Harpswell, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The brochure claims people spend up to 4 hours here. Definitely true. The tour of the German U-Boat was worth the extra price. A lot of the exhibits have a history angle to them, so it's not just a science museum. The mirror maze was really cool, although some people might get anxious when they can't find their way out.

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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited our daughter and she picked this museum as my husband loves history. The exhibit with the german submarine was awesome! We found so much to see and read. Even though it was a holiday week end the museum wasn't overly crowded. My husband and daughter did the flight simulator and it was a highlight! Would definitely go back!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The MSI is one of the main cultural attractions of Chicago. The building was originally used for the World Columbian Exposition in 1893 (Palace of Fine Arts). Among the many exhibits are: the U-505, a nazi submarine captured during the WW II; the first diesel powered train [Pioneer Zephyr] for passengers and the Apollo 8 spacecraft. The Museum offers free... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The best museum here. Has so much for the family to enjoy. Comfortable shoes will be needed. Good food. Enjoyment for all. This is my go to place. I love the new exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is enormous. There is so much to see & do , so many things to fiddle with. It's fun but exhausting

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West Dundee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My daughter was very hesitant about our visit, she thought that we would be looking at lame exhibits. She was pleasantly surprised. The MOSI is very interactive. We had a blast and look forward to a return trip soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been to many Science and Industry Museums from London to France and this is the best interactive and up to date facilities! If you have been to better tell me, because I would love to experiene. All others pale in comparison.

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Danville, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most kid friendly places. A family could spend a whole day there and not see everything. Get the city pass and take the uber or lyft . When I was a kid my dad would take us down to the beach so we could watch the crew bring the U 505 up the beach and across LSD... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is very nice. We loved in special the part about the submarine. As we bought our tickets thru Go Chicago, we paid separately the Submarine tour. Also, I love bikes and I loved this part in the museum. Another thing that I liked as the Hurricanes, very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Chicago for a week and did LOTS of sightseeing and museum hopping. This was one of our favorite days!With kids ages 10 through 16 they all found something exciting to explore. There was lots to see here, but many of the attractions charge an extra fee, a reservation, or both. That was more than a little frustrating.

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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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