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Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Phone Number: +1 773-684-1414
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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So Many Activities

If you're visiting this museum, you're gunna want to plan a whole day trip. There are so many things to do and see. I definitely recommend taking a few tours as they are very... read more

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're visiting this museum, you're gunna want to plan a whole day trip. There are so many things to do and see. I definitely recommend taking a few tours as they are very insightful along with entertaining!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I consider the Museum of Science and Industry one of the best museums in Chicago. It was quite fun for both adult and children with a lot of exhibits, most of them being interactive in which the visitor can have some fun with. I highly recommend for families or also a solo trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to the MSI blind, no planning at all (which I don't recommend) and had a *wonderful* time. We were there as a couple, and it had been a long time since we had been in an interactive museum without kids. So, we just wandered, staying at things we found interesting, moving on past those that were less so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum of Science and Industry is something everyone should check out when visiting Chicago. They always have various exhibits on display but besides that the museum itself is very informative and cool! Kids and adults will enjoy a trip here!

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Gulf Breeze, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An overall excellent museum. You can't see it all in one day. Great exhibits on a variety of scientific and technical subjects. Definitely take time to tour the U-505 submarine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of Chicago's more expensive museums once you add in all the extras but it is a museum you can literally spend the whole day in and not see everything. Plus it is extremely interactive. There are levers to pull, robots to manipulate, films to watch, games to be played, and volunteer opportunities. My child would not leave the weather... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy to get to. We got the Metra from millennium park to 55th street. Quiet and cheap. Spent about 4 hours here. It would have been so much better had the 100s of screaming kids not been there. You couldn't get to anything and if you were on something you were shoved out of the way by kids that literally... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is like the coolest science class you've never been to. They even have planes and tornados hanging in the ceiling. We loved taking our baby there and will definitely be back countless times. For parents, it is AWESOME that parking is located in the basement. Then you don't have to walk in with kids from the outside. It's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great learning place. Fun exhibits. Great for kids and adults. This is a must visit if in Chicago. Everyone in our group had a great time. Great for all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a pretty cool museum. It's a little pricey because they have a lot of extras that can add up. But the overall exhibits are really cool. I was especially interested in the WWII submarine. Unfortunately the onboard tours had sold out so we didn't get to do it. The other exhibits were pretty cool for adults, but the rest... 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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