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Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
773-684-1414
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As featured in Chicago for young kids
Ranked #10 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Science Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is a highly engaging museum located in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  It features an... more »
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If you are going to pick any museum to take kids to, this is it! My kids (ages 11, 5 and 4) all had a blast (and the adults did too)! The Idea Factory was a big hit! All three of my kids had a blast!!!!! The entire museum is filled with hands-on activities!

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I had not been to the museum in years so I had a little sticker price shock when we went to get tickets and parked. I was surprised that the sub was not included in the price, and you had to pay extra to see it. I was disappointed for our guests, that the exhibit was all sold out and... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The museum is full of attractions for everyone. Make sure you check the attractions that they offer ahead of time so you can choose the ones you want and have sufficient time to do them all and see the rest of the museum. Unfortunately we ran out of time. By the way they have a very nice lunch room. If... More

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Findlay, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Took the Kids to see the museum. $20.00 cab ride form downtown hotel. We were very impressed with the U-505 sub exhibit. That was a highlight for us. Kids enjoyed the Omniplex, though I thought D-Day movie was "ok". Interactive weather and science exhibits were neat...BUT...all day the museum increased in noise and crowds. Unruly kids and long lines at... More

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Myersville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Too much to see to write about here. I recommend the packaged extras such as the coal mine, U 505 and D Day movie. Lots of hands on exhibits for kids.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We like museums but 10-yr old son remarked when we left that the website overstated the experience. That kind of sums it up. There is tons to see in this museum but it's kind of like a science center/children's museum on steroids with kids running around banging on everything. Our 5-yr old was happy enough but not gaga over anything.... More

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Niles, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We had a really fun time and learned a lot while doing it! The exhibits are fun for kids and adults alike!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Interactive exhibits, a submarine that children and adults will love. A great ride on Lake Shore Drive and plenty of parking.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A great take to pass a rainy day in Chicago. The U-boat is worth the price of admission. There are trains, coal mines and many other exhibits to check out.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Find out when they open and plan in staying a while. The earlier you go the less crowded it tends to be. The exhibits are well thought out and the areas have a general "theme" about them so you can visit the ones that interest you. It can be pricey especially if you tack on "extras" like the submarine tour... More

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