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Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
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+1 773-684-1414
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only...

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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Different museum experience

I had a very different experience with this museum. First time I visited this type of museum. Many science related phenomenon were experimentally placed to make understand the... read more

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Pune, India
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had a very different experience with this museum. First time I visited this type of museum. Many science related phenomenon were experimentally placed to make understand the normal public. very interesting

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went with our grandchildren and found something for everyone. Cool weather effects, inside of human bodies, real trains, planes and automobiles were only some of the millions of things to explore.

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Chicago, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Museum of Science and Industry requires a plan due to the many exhibits. Look at a map before going to save time. Parking fee is required unless you don't mind the six block walk from Stony Island. Arrive early on weekend days, wear your walking shoes, and bring snacks for the kids. Fun activities for all ages. Oh, admission... More 

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Pointe Claire, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Easy to travel to and from, this Museum has lots of Science for everyone, and enough Industry (or Technology) so show how it works in everyday life. For some areas, such as Numbers in Nature (which includes the optional challenge of a mirror maze) you have to reserve an admission time. This is well worth the extra effort. The Tesla... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took my four teenage children to this great museum on the 28th of December. It was an amazing place but we probably only got to see about 1/4th of the exhibits and all of the special events/exhibits that were both included in our ticket price and at an extra charge were all booked - we got there at 10am... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved it. I could have stayed for days. There was sooo much to see and visit. I loved the fact that grown ups can learn just as much as children. The United plane was so cool. The water experiment very cool.

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Rhodes, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came here on a family vacation, my kid's (5 and 3) first trip to Chicago. Even though there was a long wait to get in (2 days after Christmas), there were so many things to do and see for every age range--they loved it! We went to the Lego Exhibit and our 5 yo was one of the "Master... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just went to the MSI for the first time ever - great experience. I was able to find free parking near Stoney Island Avenue and East 57th street; lots of free parking around that area. We purchased tickets to see U-505 - - totally worth it! Our tour guide was young and enthusiastic and really ensured that we could all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A good place to spend quality time with your kids with a lot of hands-on stations. Plan at least a full day or several if you can in order to explore this vast museum.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On a cold and rainy January day, two adults went to visit the Museum of Science and Industry. This has been my favorite Chicago area museum since childhood (when admission used to be free). First the downside, the museum has gotten very expensive to visit. Basic admission is $18 for adults and $11 for children ages 3-11 years old. There... More 

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If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.
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