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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%
  • Average5%
  • 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 yesterday

This place was so much fun for the snoozeum. I wish more museums would do this program. We loved the submarine tour and the movie. The little Switzerland exhibit by the food area is so much fun to watch.

Thank JoAnne B
Reviewed yesterday

Probably because was so disinterested in the displays and the non working presentationation throughout the museum.

Thank tplayer49
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Recently visited on the Dr. King holiday. It was a free day for Illinois residents. As you can imagine, it was pretty crowded but the museum is so large, with so many different interactive exhibits, you hardly noticed. I hadn’t been since I was a...More

Thank Mercedes1jones
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum can easily fill an entire day. There are exhibits to hold the interest of all ages. The section for little ones on the lower level is great!

Thank Brenda W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Both Times visiting the Museum is great . Its worth all the time you spend in it an so much to see. Plan on staying the whole day if your into the Museums. Its worth the Money an have a lot of Nice stuff to...More

Thank Shane F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Me and my husband visited all the exhibitions that were included in the regular ticket. It was really great.

Thank Fernanda G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My 11 year old could have spent all day playing and exploring in the robot exhibit! Great day. Great museum.

Thank nikkiburns
Reviewed 1 week ago

I toured the inside of U-505 when it was outside, but seeing it's enormity inside such a nice display was awesome.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the Whispering Room! The All about You exhibit was extremely fascinating and of course the Science of Weather.

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had high expectations of the museum and given its location off center of the city it required some effort getting there. The building is huge and allows for expansive exhibits. Some of it is indeed used well. Many of the exhibits are more of...More

Thank Jojo M
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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2 January 2018|
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Response from BartlettDan | Reviewed this property |
I bought tickets ahead of time in their website. I would strongly suggest doing so. As long as you have a ticket in-hand you should be able to leave and come back in all day. However, if you choose to park in the... More
Madeline R
28 September 2017|
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Response from dlevitan | Reviewed this property |
City bus is OK but an Uber or Lyft is convenient and reasonable.
Madeline R
28 September 2017|
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Response from CubFan1948 | Reviewed this property |
I will agree with others, public transportation is not the safest way to go. Use a taxi or Uber.