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“Christmas around the world”

Museum of Science and Industry
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Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
Ranked #6 of 638 things to do in Chicago
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Christmas around the world”
Reviewed December 10, 2011

The annual Christmas tree exhibit is one of the favorite attractions in December. It is a veritable forest of interesting and beautiful decorations. There is just so much to do and see at this wonderful museum. Old favorites and new exhibits combine to make it always exciting and fresh. Don't miss it!

Visited December 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Fascinating Museum”
Reviewed December 10, 2011

I was only able to spend a few hours at this museum but could literally spend an entire day there. There is so much to do and see. The subject matter is really interesting and there is a lot to learn. If you like museums this is a must visit.

Visited October 2011
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Eugene, Oregon
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“It was so interesting, we went twice.”
Reviewed December 8, 2011

The Dr. Seuss exhibit was outstanding and gave a much fuller view of the broad spectrum of his work. A real highlight!

Visited November 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Christmas Around the World -- Superb”
Reviewed December 7, 2011

We went to the museum in December 2011 specifically for the Christmas Around the World exhibit. We really enjoyed it -- it was beautiful, with all of the decorated trees surrounding the rotunda. It was also educational; each tree had a small description of the country's Christmas traditions. We went on a Friday afternoon, and although busy, it wasn't obnoxiously so; there was ample space to move around and plenty of time to read each plaque and soak in each tree. We didn't have time to explore the rest of the museum, but from the glimpses of other exhibits that we saw, they appeared to be highly interactive and in great condition (in fact, we'll return on another visit to Chicago to explore the museum in more detail).

One tip: knowing we were only going to view one exhibit, we arrived about 2.5 hours before the museum closed for the day. We were granted half-price admission. If you're only going to see one thing, this is a great way to make this a cheaper experience!

Visited December 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Good display of Industry as well as Science”
Reviewed December 7, 2011

This is a great family museum. Though our children are adults we still maintain memberships to take our friends' children. Few science museums have such a presentation of agriculture and industry as well as basic science.

Visited September 2011
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