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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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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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This Museum used to be the Best in the world , because the USA was the only power to create this type of expensive science display. I do not know if it is still the best, all I... read more

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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This Museum used to be the Best in the world , because the USA was the only power to create this type of expensive science display. I do not know if it is still the best, all I know it is a UNIQUE place to spend a whole day and more. The Coal Mine alone and the huge German submarine... More 

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Glenwood, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family (15 year old male, 11 & 8 year old female) and spouse stopped for the day at the Museum of Science and Industry enroute to our nephews wedding. It was a great day with each child able to find their own sections of the museum to spend their time and have a great day. This will be on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved this museum! The German submarine exhibit was my favorite. If you want to guarantee a ticket to tour the inside of the sub, go online the day before and reserve. We didn't know and was unable to go on the tour, but there is still a lot to see outside of the submarine. Lots of hands-on experiences throughout the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here to see the museum with friends. It has food and a cafe. It's good for all ages and there's lots to see, something for everyone.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our second time to the Museum of Science and Industry. Our teenagers loved it as much as they did the last time we were here. You must go and see the U-505 and try to take the guided tour. We went to see the Brick-by-Brick Lego exhibit and had a fantastic time. We were at the museum from... More 

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Harpswell, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The brochure claims people spend up to 4 hours here. Definitely true. The tour of the German U-Boat was worth the extra price. A lot of the exhibits have a history angle to them, so it's not just a science museum. The mirror maze was really cool, although some people might get anxious when they can't find their way out.

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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited our daughter and she picked this museum as my husband loves history. The exhibit with the german submarine was awesome! We found so much to see and read. Even though it was a holiday week end the museum wasn't overly crowded. My husband and daughter did the flight simulator and it was a highlight! Would definitely go back!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The MSI is one of the main cultural attractions of Chicago. The building was originally used for the World Columbian Exposition in 1893 (Palace of Fine Arts). Among the many exhibits are: the U-505, a nazi submarine captured during the WW II; the first diesel powered train [Pioneer Zephyr] for passengers and the Apollo 8 spacecraft. The Museum offers free... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The best museum here. Has so much for the family to enjoy. Comfortable shoes will be needed. Good food. Enjoyment for all. This is my go to place. I love the new exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is enormous. There is so much to see & do , so many things to fiddle with. It's fun but exhausting

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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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