Museum of Science and Industry

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Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry
4.5
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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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Neighborhood: 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.
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ScottStemler
Rankin, PA103 contributions
One of the best museums
Aug 2021
We planned a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry based on seeing the German U-505 submarine. This exhibit is outstanding and is one of the best exhibits found in any museum. We probably were at this exhibit for at least 90 minutes, and did not even read everything. Unfortunately, we were leaving Chicago this day, so we had limited time. It was great to see the Apollo 8 command module as well as the aircraft in the Transportation Gallery. The Zephyr train was a really nice exhibit. We did get to see the baby chicks in the Genetics exhibit, and were lucky enough to see one hatch. This museum is incredible, and we will dedicate a full day on our next visit to Chicago.
Written September 20, 2021
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James F. C
Lancaster County, PA28 contributions
I've Seen the Rest... This is One of The BEST!
Sep 2021
I have had the good fortune to have had a second career (retiring soon) working at historic sites and in museums. For better or worse, one of my "hobbies" also includes visiting historic sites and museums. Ha! I will keep this review brief. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST INSTITUTIONS I HAVE EVER VISITED. It beautifully displays not just CONTENT (stuff) it also understands and conveys CONTEXT (significance, the why of something) in a comprehensive, yet efficient manner. And look closely and you will note a strong sense of civic pride at this senior Chicago site. A MUST-SEE!
Written September 20, 2021
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George K
Mountain View, CA12 contributions
Science can be enormously entertaining and educational
Sep 2021
A simulated coal mine was the earliest exhibit at this museum and we were told a must see. Because of Covid, it was not open. The story of the capture of German U-Boat and how it ended up at this museum was absolutely fascinating and a much see. In the wing featuring the mathematical logic of Mother Nature was education and the mirror maze was a delightful surprise.

Once we entered the maze we were first amused and entertained and then we began to worry about getting out of this maze. Thank goodness, just before the onset of panic, we could spot the light by the exit and that guided our way out.

We easily spent most of a day at this museum and would come back again when we visit Chicago again.
Written September 15, 2021
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TravelerG8
Appleton, Wisconsin456 contributions
Disappointed Marvel Exhibit Full
Aug 2021
Booked a visit and the web page was very confusing and implied that the special Marvel Comics Exhibit would be available to see, which was the main driver of our visit. We were disappointed that the special event is full for quite a while and should be better communicated with the next available opening clearly posted. Staff were apologetic but disappointing for out of town visitors and left a bad impression.
Written September 12, 2021
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CarpeDiem0212
Cypress Gardens, FL229 contributions
A Fascinating Day at the Museum!
Aug 2021
My wife and I recently went to the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) since we had not been there and had heard so much about it. We chose to only do the free exhibits which came with the price of admission. However, there were a lot of other exhibits open for an additional charge. That worked out well for us because we spent about four hours there just visiting the main exhibits.

We went first to the U505 submarine area. It was very impressive. They did an outstanding job of telling the history of the submarine and its capture with multiple displays, artifacts, videos and pictures. Since people were not allowed on the submarine due to Covid, they had two areas where you could look into the interior of sub and a separate area where a docent was showing slides of other interior sections of the ship.

Then we went up to the main area. We visited all the MSI classic sites such as Science Storms, Genetics and the Baby Chick Hatchery, and YOU - the Experience. The museum was filled with loads of interactive displays, movies and artifacts. It was an incredible experience!

We highly recommend going to MSI for this world-famous experience. You will be thrilled by what you see and experience. It is a Great Museum. Afterwards, we drove through the beautiful University of Chicago campus and a quick view of the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House. It was a great way to end our journey on the southside of Chicago.
Written September 12, 2021
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tink8009
Fort Worth, TX315 contributions
Gem of the Chicago Museums
Sep 2021
I cannot rave enough about this museum. It is by far one of my all time favorite museums in the continental US. My fiance and I spent almost two hours alone just seeing the U-Boat on the lower level not to mention the Henry Crown Space Center exhibit. There are so many fantastic, engaging exhibits to see but by far my favorite is the Colleen Moore Fairy Castle. The level of detail is astounding. So much, that I would encourage anyone even mildly interested in this castle to purchase the coffee table book from the MSI gift shop before you leave. This book provides so much additional information and up close photos which makes the level of enjoyment that much richer.

P.S. I would be remise if I didn't mention that museum failed to have photos of the astronaut who manned the Aurora 7 capsule.
Written September 10, 2021
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Sarah D
1 contribution
I Love the Museum of Science and Industry
Oct 2020
I have been here many times and every time I loved it! This museum is fun and interactive and you'll always want to come back and visit. My favorite activity to do here is the coal mine.. It's such a fun experience. It'll take you down into a coal mine to explore. it will take you on a hoist to bring you down into the coal mine. It makes you feel like you are an actual worker in the mine with them yelling "FIRE IN THE HOLE!"
Written September 9, 2021
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M M
Oakdale, United States11 contributions
So much fun - glad we were able to go
Aug 2021
We took our kids here when they were little. This trip we had the grand kids. They loved it just as much. Could have spent another day or two here. Highly recommend.
Written September 3, 2021
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Sandra E
Oceanside, New York70 contributions
Exceeded our Expectations
Aug 2021
This museum is incredibly well laid out and has something for everyone. We are two seniors who enjoy science museums and spent the entire day here in order to cover all three floors. The U-505 Submarine exhibit is not to be missed.
Written August 30, 2021
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MalibuFireman
Malibu, CA358 contributions
Enjoyed the Burlington Zephyr Train & U boat 505
Aug 2021
We had to take a long Lyft ride to get to this museum, since it was NOT on the Hop On, Hop Off bus route. However, we loved the Burlington Zephyr streamliner train exhibit (we came from Seattle to Chicago by 2 night train on the Empire Builder Amtrak sleeper train). We also enjoyed the captured WW2 German U-boat, U505 exhibit, but it was not open to walk thru that day, sadly.
Written August 29, 2021
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