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Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 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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A new experience from an old adventure

Had not been to the museum for years and found the new attractions to be more than I could expect. The tornado recreation was stunning. We really went to just see the movie at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Munster, Indiana

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Munster, Indiana
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had not been to the museum for years and found the new attractions to be more than I could expect. The tornado recreation was stunning. We really went to just see the movie at Omni-max theater but decided to spend a few hours touring the exhibition halls. It brought back memories from 50 years ago. Witnessed some amazing new and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was interesting...learned a lot but if you don't have the patience to be around slot of children's don't go. Great submarine exhibit and the staff is all so friendly. Haven't been since I was a kid and still was pretty cool.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I lovethese place we own a membership for the past couple years And if you do you will have free parking So if you pack a lunch you could go for free. They always have new things and even if you see everything over and over it never gets old

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When in Chicago don't miss 2 museums. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY AND THE ART MUSEUM.They are just a must. One of the best museums in tne world. It is a fascinating experience. But ylu should have enough time to check everything. Don't be on hurry. There is a lot to see and learn, so take your time. And enjoy... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been going here since I was a kid and they have done an excellent job in updating and modernizing this museum. You need more than a visit to see everything so plan it out!

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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a great place to visit. enjoyed looking & walking around. need to go back again. spent hours and still could spend more time

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I came here specifically to see the Walt Disney exhibit a while ago and it was awesome! The whole place was very cool and I love how they even had live animals like chicks to observe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you have young kids is a must to visit . They have demos and mini shows where kids will learn about chemistry, hot air balloons and other cool stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place to take your children to view the Apollo travel to the moon..there's a souvenir shop right inside ...and nice to take pictures

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a lot to see! We will have to go again to see the rest. There is enough to see on the general admission ticket but you will probably want to see some of the special exhibits that cost extra and can sell out. We did not get there early enough to get tickets to the things we had... More 

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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 gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.