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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
+1 773-684-1414
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a very cool joint and you may actually learn something going here. The displays are awesome. This place could actually be a five star if it wasn't for the admission prices parking prices.

Thank Denis W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had not been here for a while, this is a all day experience, there is so much to see and take part in. Wear comfortable shoes, walk around and read about so many wonderful things.

Thank T D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Came here 60 years ago and still going. Never gets old! I bring my family when ever I get the chance. Such a beautiful pla e to go, friendly staff and very knowlagable. I try to go every other year.

Thank lit50s
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went like very eager to see really interesting things, but we think that it can be better.We probably took a lot of time seeing movies. Two of my kids went to the robot movie and said it was very good.

Thank Daleman71
Reviewed 3 days ago

My group only had a few hours to spend here and you could spend two days here. We spent time at the Christmas Tree display (seasonal), which was lovely, and the Fairy House, which is absolutely fascinating. There is a Disappearing Glaciers exhibit that is...More

Thank roadtripX7
Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum is FULL of interesting exhibits, for both kids & adults. Some are permanent, others more seasonal, like the Christmas trees from around the world. It's easy to navigate the huge space, just wear comfortable shoes and hang onto the little ones ! My...More

1  Thank Kay R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Por poco me arrepiento de no haber ido. Estaba tarde y no me dio tiempo de ir. Al otro dia decidi terminar la libreta de city pass y fuimos. Gracias a Dios que fuimos. Es hermoso en navidad. Es muy educativo. Todo muy organizado. Valio...More

Thank Adventureswholeworld
Reviewed 6 days ago

Too much to see, and not enough time to see it all. Wonderful experience. I'm certain my family and I will return in the near future!

Thank Julian P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had some time off between New Years and the beginning of school, so we took a day to visit the museum. The Christmas trees were still up, and we really enjoyed seeing those. We love all the exhibits, but the weather exhibit is our...More

Thank 966annk
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place rocks! I love the underground mine exhibit. It was really neat and seemed so realistic that it made me wonder if it was a real mine or simulation. Either way, I enjoyed it very much.

Thank eurasianchick87
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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1 January 2018|
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Response from BartlettDan | Reviewed this property |
I bought tickets ahead of time in their website. I would strongly suggest doing so. As long as you have a ticket in-hand you should be able to leave and come back in all day. However, if you choose to park in the... More
Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from dlevitan | Reviewed this property |
City bus is OK but an Uber or Lyft is convenient and reasonable.
Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from CubFan1948 | Reviewed this property |
I will agree with others, public transportation is not the safest way to go. Use a taxi or Uber.