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“Great fun for old and young!”

Museum of Science and Industry
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Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
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Chicago Grand Half-Day Tour
Ranked #6 of 671 things to do in Chicago
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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 November 18, 2012

This musuem is amazingly interactive. I went here for the opening of the weather exhibit and was absolutely blown away. Another thing that stuck with me was the periodic table of elements exhibit where you can "mix" elements to create compounds in a really fun and interactive display. MSI makes science and industry fun. Take an afternoon and see it all!

Thank Sam O
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Even though the name of this museum is quite representative of what one will find inside, it is also somehow off-putting, and does not do justice to this fun place. We visited it with two kids, ages 3 and 8, and had a wonderful day. There are so many fascinating things to do that we found it to be way more interesting than the Children's Museum.

It is slightly off the beaten path; we took a cab from downtown and paid $18 for the short ride. It was definitely worth it, as this was the most interesting thing we did with the kids in Chicago.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

If you really want to instill innovation, and wonder in your child...invest in a few days in Chicago to see this outstanding facility.

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Overall a good experience for the kids. The lightning exhibit and the U-Boat were big hits. You can grab a taxi from Union Station or Ogilvie. Can be pricey if you don't have some form of discount - separate fee for the U-Boat. It is capacity limited so will sell out on busy days.

Thank dave c
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

One of my all-time favorite museums in part because of all the interactive exhibits. Very fun place for both kids and adults.

Thank Carrie M
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