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Museum of Science and Industry
Ranked #23 of 643 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed October 26, 2012

My ten year old and I spent at least 6 hours here. The one drawback is there are add ons to the admission. The Coal Mine was worth it, it was a great tour. There are experiments and a movie and so much to see. I highly recommend it, the most memorable museum of the my daughter's trip

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

loved every thing about it. always something new to discover. The exibits are well organized, the whole place is beautiful. It is easy to spend a whole day.

Thank j d
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Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

We went over fall break. It was a Wednesday not very busy at all. We paid extra to see the U 505 submarine which was very interesting and worth the charge. We also purchased extra for haunted coal mine and that was horrible not worth an extra dime! The staff was very friendly esp submarine guide! A great variety of cafe choices, however, very expensive. All the hands on displays were very interesting and all properly working. The building was clean and well maintained. A really good time!

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This was my favorite museum with all the hands on exhibits and quite the variety of information. The storm center was a lot of fun and although we did not have any children in our party, it was great to play and learn. It took us awhile to get here via public transportation but was well worth it. We ate in their cafeteria and would suggest eating before arrival. The food was overpriced and not very fresh.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Enjoyed lots of the exhibits. Paid the extra $ for the submarine tour......which is really interesting. Worthwhile and educational for kids (and Adults!)

Thank Joan C
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