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Museum of Science and Industry
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Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
Ranked #6 of 642 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“raised my kids here, still great”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The MSI is always new and interesting. Special exhibits and International Holiday of Lights keep things fresh. My only caution is for those who are squeamish about dead people on display (I am a biologist - but other family members are more sensitive)- so we have avoided the balcony and one stairwell lately when with those folks - ask the desk for instructions about this if it is a concern. I look forward to new innovations in the smart home exhibit.

Visited September 2012
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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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“So much to see, so much to do”
Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

Good for all ages! Set aside several hours, there is too much to see and too much to do. Adults and kids alike will all be able to experience the exhibits.

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Oswego, Illinois
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“Busy but Fun”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Trying to find parking was awful, even though we got there towards the end. I suggest going early as possible. It was also crowded with a lot of people, but what do you expect? It was fun anyway and the museum is huge.

Visited January 2013
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Michigan City, Indiana
1 review
“Wonerful Experience Every Time We Go!!”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Always love going and seeing the different displays. Working on the next generation our grandchildren and Nieces and Nephews children. Always pleasant experience.

Visited March 2012
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Walnut Creek, California
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“So much to see!”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

This is a great museum for every person at every age...Like most good museums, you have to be prepared for some crowds, but the crowds are only there because of the excellent and in many cases interactive exhibits. I went expecting to see an old building from the 1890's with some ancient light bulbs....this is anything but! (although it would be nice to have a specific guided tour that speaks directly to the Columbian Exhibition era.

Visited November 2012
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