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Museum of Science and Industry
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Ranked #6 of 671 things to do in Chicago
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Went to the Science and Industry Museum on a Monday with my family. It was my 5th or 6th time being there and it gets better every time. So much of the museum is interactive so both the kids and the adults really can get into the exhibits as you go around the displays. My two favorite sections are the Space Exhibit and the Storm Exhibit. I could spend the day just reading all the information and interacting with the space stuff, there is that much to see. There is a lot of the history of NASA there with the Apollo and Gemini missions but there is a lot of information about future space endeavors as well that I was very impressed with. It is a can't miss. The storm section is fascinating in that with simple demonstrations you can see how solar energy, tidal waves, avalanches, tornadoes and lightning all work. Don't miss the static build ups and discharges displaying lightning, it is loud but very neat to see.

My daughter loved the hatchery in the genetics section where they hatch little chicks, she saw one break out of its shell this visit. There are so many layers of this museum that every time I go I find new things to do or read. Also be sure you don't miss the doll house, it's kind of tucked away in the corner of the basement but it is very interesting to see, even for a guy. The Museum of Science and Industry is a can't miss attraction to go see.

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

This place is so intense, you need several days to see most of it. The German U-boat and the story behind it is extremely interesting to almost everyone, especially WWII buffs and history students. Special effects are especially good but basic. You really get a sense of going down a coal mione elevator to see the actual workings of a mine from the 60's.
A wonderful place for older students, teens and young adults to get a perspective of recent history and how things work. This is from a time when if it broke, you fixed it - you did not throw it away and get a new one!
That said, there is a great deal of new technology on display as well. A MUST-SEE for everyone! Relatively small admission fee, pay for parking.

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

This museum is very interactive for all ages of children. They add new displays and updates. The storm exhibit was outstanding as well as the coal mine tour. We really learned alot and had a good time. I would recommend bring your own food if you can. Food was mediocre and very high priced.

Thank Lisa_CrystalLake_IL
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Truly one of the best museums I have been too. From the WW 2 submarine to the largest hobby train and planes hanging from the ceiling, this is truly a great adventure

Thank timothy h
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Try to plan a whole day there. It is so big and there is much to do and see.

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