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Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
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+1 773-684-1414
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Incredible Experience! A must See!

This museum completely blew me away. It is so incredibly massive there is no way that you can see and appreaciate everything in one day. It is so well organized and the staff... read more

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Kansas City, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This museum completely blew me away. It is so incredibly massive there is no way that you can see and appreaciate everything in one day. It is so well organized and the staff there is friendly and knowledgeable. The family favorite here was the mirror maze. The kids went through it 3 times at least. (you have to get a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

The Museum of Science and Industry in the last remaining building of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. The architecture will astound you as you approach the museum and the content will amaze you with every corner of the mammoth complex filled with information to educate the young and old. The Yesterday's Main Street and the Transportation Gallery are among its... More 

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wished we could have spent another day here. 8 yr.old loved it! It's amazing what you can learn here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the day here. Plenty of exhibits both for adults, teens and small children. We chose to add on the U-505 tour. While a bit pricey felt it was worth it to get on the boat and see what they experienced. It was fascinating! Spent about 5 hours and covered most everything. Think well worth it on a nice or... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fun place to visit for both children and adults. Spent about 5 hours there and kids loved it. Will go back when visit Chicago next time.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've had an affinity for this museum for many years.I'm a science nerd and love the many different, interactive types of exhibits. Great place for families and kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I visit this museum at least once a year to see the new exhibits. Always interesting. A great way to spend the afternoon and plenty to do nearby

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Syracuse, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to this museum so many times in my lifetime. It has to be my favorite. Here is what I have to say. Pros: Parking garage out of the elements Great food choices Amazing exhibits They are part of museum coop membership Love tornado display Cons: Need to improve the space area use to be better Cost of... More 

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Spent 4 hours seeing the museum. Not too busy. Toured the coal mine and my kids did the space pod....they said it was really warm in the pod. Hard to hear in there to presentation or to sounds coming out of speakers because of the echo. Probably more for school age kids than college kids. Restaurant on n premises...soup was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I think this was the kids' favorite place! Lots to do! Food at the food court wasn't too bad either (overpriced of course ;) ) lots of interaction type exhibits! Must do if you have kids (of all ages, even teens).

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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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