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“Fun to come here even as an adult!”

Museum of Science and Industry
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Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
Ranked #27 of 685 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 March 6, 2013

Had not been here in 25+ years since my own son was young..and so now my husband and I took the time to visit and had a great time exploring the many exhibits. Especially enjoyed the large model train set up. Only had a few hours to spend there and would love to go back again and won't wait another 25 years to do it. Would recommend to anyone.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Didn't realize this ahead of time. Lots of hands on exhibits, really would of been great if I had kids or was one. However, still enough fascinating exhibits that we made a day of. Enjoyed the submarine, art exhibit, and inventors alot. Wouldn't do it again.

Thank Joy M
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We visited the museum with family and went on a Saturday. It was incredibly busy, but the museum is large so everyone was pretty spread out. It was pricey to park and admission was pricey too. The U-boat exhibit was incredible! There is alot to see and do so definately allow most of a day to see and do everything.

Thank shredbetty4
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Each time we come, we focus on a different part of the museum. Huge, tons of variety-- there's a submarine, space ships, coal mine tour, airplanes, and so much more!

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Not as many people get to this Museum as it is farther away than most. It's worth the trip. We went in 2006 and the first Tuesday of the month was free, we just happen to hit it. The jewel of this museum is a UBoat in the lower level. You can take free tours through the boat and get a true sense of what those men went through, truly inspiring. The rest of the museum is exhibits many hands on that teach Science and Industry.

Thank GreshamJim
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