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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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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 2 days ago

There is so much to see and experience cars, eye spy, and weather to name a few exhibits. My favorite was the Submarine 505 exhibit where you can learn how the sub was captured during WWII and then actually go inside it! Kids of all...More

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 4 days ago

My son loved this museum. He is 7 and we bought a day pass. He wanted to go back the next day. We did not buy any extra options but just with a regular day pass, he was fully entertained. This is a fun museum...More

Thank Lauren K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I love this museum, it's my favorite museum anywhere in the country. I especially like the real German submarine captured during WWII that's on display and for an additional fee you can go aboard.

Thank Russ G
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have loved this museum since I was a kid and visited from afar. I later lived in Hyde Park for 30 years and could see it out my sunporch window. My kids used the play area as an indoor playground in winter. I love...More

Thank KathleenA57
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Actually the only museum of science and industry I've ever been too. My Son had been there on a field trip a year or two earlier, and insisted to go again. Definitely worth the price. Definitely enjoyed by the both of us!

Thank MadeInDubai
Reviewed 5 days ago

Has so much more that one can expect to see in a single day. There is something here that will appeal to everyone and if you're open and curious you might just expand your own horizons and learn/experience something new. It's not a cheap experience...More

Thank Horsfallpics
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very pleasantly surprised! There were authentic exhibits such as a former coal mine and a U-Boat from WW11. Both children and adults could enjoy many of the exhibits like the circus, western wagons, etc.

Thank 2ellen
Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is very fun and fascinating. I enjoyed it as a student and I still love to visit as an adult! My favorite exhibit is the submarine which you can walk through.

Thank Aimee R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing museum for everyone, robot exhibit is especially great for kids and adults, U505 allows everyone the ability to enter the vessel and take pictures plus you get this incredible history lesson on how the museum acquired U505, the Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle is so...More

Thank Caren J
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Museum of Science and Industry is a remarkable museum and a must see for both adults and children a like. Our recent visit was good but the SOLE PURPOSE FOR THIS VISIT, for which we had planned at least a month ahead, was to...More

Thank Michael S
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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Mandi L
4 September 2017|
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Response from spinkick | Reviewed this property |
I would say 4 hours is a good bet. The submarine is a must see. Also the dollhouse and coal mine. The 1890s street is a must do and stop in the iceream store- a bit $$ but is good. Most of the exhibits have alot of touchy... More
Mandi L
4 September 2017|
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Response from jcisinthehouse | Reviewed this property |
It depends on whether you're interested in doing some of the extra-fee exhibits or not. We did 3 extras (lego, coal mine and submarine tour) and spend 5 hours in the museum including 30 mins for lunch. We could easily spend... More
14 August 2017|
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Response from 0chicagotraveler1 | Reviewed this property |
This museum has the broadest appeal of any I've ever visited. It's interesting cradle to grave.