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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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is the place that you must go. Doesn't matter how old/young you are, you gonna love it. Many different attractions, for all kind of people.

Thank Luis D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Huge museum, we particularly enjoyed the U Boat submarine tour, you need to pay extra to do the tour but it’s well worth it, the submarine is in its original condition, and your guide brings to life what it must have been like both for...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very $ standard admission but have to pay more to see the better exhibits like submarines, coal mine and Pixar Isolated Clean very busy go early

Thank AndreaCherry
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a huge museum in Hyde Park, filled with exhibits and interactive activities to educate and amuse your family for several hours. The cafeteria is decent and the security folks will direct you if you get lost. My favorite galleries were the Transportation and...More

Thank AugustPhoenix
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

New Pixar exhibit is fantastic! We visited today & it was all better than I even expected. My sons, 16 & 20 loved it as well. We spent several more hours there than we thought we would. A must do in Chicago!

Thank Angie H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the last item on our City Pass that we went to. We may have been a little "museum tired", but this really was fascinating. We spent a lot of time reading and watching the films about the submarine. That was very interesting. We...More

Thank Tamera B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great museum and full of hands-on exploration and cool educational exhibits. They have everything, including a real Uboat and airlplanes inside the building to explore. They are doing important things in the baby chick hatchery within the genetics exhibit. Good people working...More

Thank Lorie M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Grew up going here on school field trips, but it is even better than I remembered, and so much has been updated! Plan to spend all day (and it closes early so plan for that too.) Kids, teens and adults will all find this fascinating.

Thank stratkat
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I actually went back in November 2016 and am writing this review as I am looking to go back. This place is incredible for people like me with an interest in machines and how things work. Then entrance fee is worth it for the U-Boat...More

Thank Rob P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Four of us went to the Museum and split up into groups of two. Both groups saw different parts of the museum and everyone was thoroughly entertained for several hours. Truly one of the best museums in the country.

Thank Marty D
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Whybs27
24 April 2018|
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Response from Randy F | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but on the second floor, there is a section involving the human body.
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Marc M
11 April 2018|
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Response from DJN-Jr | Reviewed this property |
If you can’t avoid going on a more crowded day, get a VIP pass or fast pass thru CityPass. And I’d get there when it opens. Then you won’t have to wait in the line for 90-120 minutes.
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chadw19752018
26 March 2018|
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Response from Brenda W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is safe to drive to the museum. The majority of the drive is expressway driving no matter which way you chose to go. The best, fastest and safest route is Lake Shore Drive. There is an exit right at the museum off... More
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