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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%
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“u boat” (766 reviews)
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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

Thiis interesting museum has a lot of hands-on equiptment, that occasionaly doesn't work. The often changing exhibits are good quality. There is an I-Max theatre there too Food is from vending machines downstairs or a Corner Bakery on 1st fl.

Thank 197marian
Reviewed yesterday

This was my first time to the museum and I spent 4-5 hours here (ate lunch on location). My family and I toured the WW2 German submarine, which was hands down the highlight. The interactive science section was another favorite, and seemed 100% kid friendly....More

Thank Emily S
Reviewed yesterday

You can tour the U505 german submarine, go through the Zephyr train, learn about Tornadoes, Wave action, colors of the spectrum, the inside of a 747 plane. a fully scaled operation train layout.Watch the rotation of earth, or go down in a coal mine. This...More

Thank Redrosebud2014
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

this place is HUGE! Full of hands on activities. This is our 2nd time visiting this place so we spend less time compare the 1st visit. Some exhibit are permanent, some are rotating (new). Parking fees are expensive $22 but if you gonna spend lots...More

Thank Desi A
Reviewed yesterday

I spent the entire day here. It's one of the best museums that I have ever been too. Seeing the U-boat was amazing. The staff seemed to be stretched between exhibits as a couple of them would be working one exhibit and then I would...More

Thank CO151982
Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed visiting with my 10 and 12 year old boys. They loved the Coal Mine exhibit the best - how interesting!!! I recommend researching online first to determine what "extra" exhibits you want to visit, and try to have a plan.

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this amazing museum on a Monday with our two daughters, ages 9 and 11. I highly recommend visiting on a Monday if you're able. There were no crowds and our daughters were able to do tons of hands-on activities with minimal waits. I...More

2  Thank 2Kids4Now
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum was very impressive. Lego World was very good with the size of the models displayed including information on the amount of time spent planning and building the models. The submarine was fantastic. You need to definitely go and spend the day there if...More

Thank DontStopExploring
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very expansive museum and if you are into reading every little sign it will take you a while! My husband and I are not that sort of people and we took our time in the parts we really wanted to see, but...More

Thank DianaL6232012
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited here in a rainy day in Chicago. Took a few hours to see. Was very interesting. The submarine tour was the BEST. Very fun place to hang out on a rainy or hot day when you don't want to be outside

Thank melissa h
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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Shruti J
July 13, 2017|
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Response from Nicole R | Reviewed this property |
Your best bet is to purchase online because you'll save money. You can always search the Internet for discount codes as well. Enjoy!
July 6, 2017|
Response from missy0505 | Reviewed this property |
You will get general admission only. You will still need to pay full price for any of the extra exhibits such as the mine and U-boat which I highly recommend. It was still very expensive with the ASTC. Parking is also not... More
July 5, 2017|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can view the exhibits and the exterior, but to see the interior you need a timed ticket. When reserving your tour, be sure to allow enough time to walk to the sub, quite aways from the entrance, and to see the... More