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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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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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The Best Science Museum in the World

I have gone to the Museum of Science and Industry since I was a small child back in the 1950s. As I have traveled around the United States and in other countries around the world... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have gone to the Museum of Science and Industry since I was a small child back in the 1950s. As I have traveled around the United States and in other countries around the world I have looked for a science museum that is better than the MSI. I have been to some nice museums, but this is the best... More 

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Need more than a few hours to appreciate this. Plan on at least half a day. Very family friendly, with special attention to the young children.

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Macon, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a well-designed museum with a lot to see. This is a large museum with multiple exhibits, all quite different -- everyone will find something they like here. Sadly, each place we went had at least one electronic items that wasn't working (oral history of submariners wouldn't play, touch pad about couch fires wouldn't work, etc.) -- but there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We came on a Saturday afternoon with a bus full of high school senior advanced medical students & they were in heaven! Not only did this museum have all the usual planes, weather science, a submarine BUT it also had am amazing medical wing! My group of tens stayed I the medical exhibit over half of their time for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent four hours here and felt like we could have spent longer. Loved the flight simulator and coal mine experience. Get there early starts to get busy later in the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was not there for many years till now. Amazed how much improved and much up to date. Very good site to visit. Learned a lot from there. Children had a blast time there. The employees are very good and professional matter. Very family friendly place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took my son anda few friends for his 10th birthday. There was lots of cool things to see and do, hands on, videos, etc.. The kids had a lot of fun but I'd say the hours were awkward and the entrance fees were expensive. We'd may be back again in the future.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful time. U Boat exhibit touching and educational very interactive. My 10 year old grandson spent two hours there! We had to drag him away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are so many different exhibits that it would be hard to get bored. Stayed at this museum the longest of all we went to during our trip. Check out the Lego exhibit- pretty cool. The mirror maze was also really neat. Suggestion: go to the mirror maze first before school field trips show up!

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La Grange, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So much to learn- could not go through the entire exhibit; "Me the experience" was my favorite one because you get to learn about you! I also really enjoy how interactive each of the exhibits are! I would recommend bringing a small backpack to bring your own food/snacks.

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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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