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Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
+1 773-684-1414
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“coal mine” (984 reviews)
“u boat” (766 reviews)
“all ages” (634 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Hyde Park
+1 773-684-1414
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Mostly for kids or your inner child. As mine is kind of asleep, I didn't enjoy that much, although my friends' children and my husband had so much fun!

Thank Isabel C
Reviewed yesterday

This is my favorite museum ever, anywhere. When I was a child, it was free. Now we visit on a City Pass ticket when I am in Chicago. The building itself is an architectural beauty - the only surviving building of the 1893 White City,...More

Thank Adele H
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is located a little bit far from Chicago Downtown but it was huge and has a very interesting exhibits. To me, the highlight is the U-505 exhibit and the transportation exhibit but all part of the museum is very thought-provoking. Spare lots of...More

Thank Alvin V
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a great museum! All of us had a great time here. I would highly recommend the U boat tour. It is extra but with it. Such an amazing piece of history. Talk to some of the veterans volunteering there too. They were a wealth...More

Thank Paigemorgan44
Reviewed 2 days ago

We chose the underground mine and the German U-boat tour. Both were very good tours. My only suggestion would be to let people know in advance there is much to see before getting in line to tour the u-boat. We missed all of the exhibit...More

Thank sharid13
Reviewed 2 days ago

First time visitor to this museum. I wasn't expecting how large this museum was and the many wonderful exhibits it had. We went on the coal mine exhibit and it was very interesting. You rode on a cart and it felt like you were in...More

Thank pinkachoo10
Reviewed 2 days ago

Do yourself a favor and go during the week if you can, esp in the summer. Can get very crowded. Buying tickets online is never a bad idea. Not my favorite museum in Chicago as an adult with grown kids, although the captured German u-boat...More

Thank Mark37Chicago
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was my 1st time here and i loved it, they even have a Starbucks inside! The food is pricey but was pretty good.

Thank nura r
Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently visited this museum on a Saturday. Wow, was it crowded! I had purchased tickets on line ahead of time and I was very glad that I did. When we arrived at the museum around 1130, there was an incredibly long line to purchase...More

Thank Flipper029
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the best science museum we've seen in the US. The robots exhibit was awesome, but so was everything else. The have a Tesla coil that is worth the wait. The museum is a bit hard to get around in, though, and the maps...More

Thank casoenna
Hyde Park
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
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Shruti J
13 July 2017|
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Response from Nicole R | Reviewed this property |
Your best bet is to purchase online because you'll save money. You can always search the Internet for discount codes as well. Enjoy!
6 July 2017|
Response from missy0505 | Reviewed this property |
You will get general admission only. You will still need to pay full price for any of the extra exhibits such as the mine and U-boat which I highly recommend. It was still very expensive with the ASTC. Parking is also not... More
5 July 2017|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can view the exhibits and the exterior, but to see the interior you need a timed ticket. When reserving your tour, be sure to allow enough time to walk to the sub, quite aways from the entrance, and to see the... More