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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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  • 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
Hyde Park
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours if you want to experience everything. This museum is incredible and HUGE! There are so many interactive exhibits that are great for both kids and adults. One of my favorite things we did in Chicago I just...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is fantastic museum for kids of all ages. Must see when you are in the area. Lots to see and do. My suggestions are to spend at least 4 hours and bring sack lunches and drinks. The museum allows it and also has a...More

Thank Efren K
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent 4 hours at this facility at still didn't see everything. Lots of cool attractions, I could have gone without children and still had a really good time. Highlights - mirror maze, the jumbo jet, the giant model train exhibit

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fascinating. Great exhibits. A bit less interactive than the Ontario Science Center. Plan to spend the whole day, even though you could do the nearby Shedd Aquarium in half. If you must flit around, do the Shedd the same day as the Field Museum of...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of practical stuff. The coal mine walk was very good. Kids of all age groups have something or the other to enjoy . Sufficient parking space . Little expensive entry though . Can spend 2-3 hours very well at the museum

Thank lalnat
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was my third trip to Chicago and had never visited this place, so this year it was my goal. It was excellent! Lots to do for all ages. A must see!

Thank GJ H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Awesome exhibits include the Great Train story, the Science Storm, and the history of automobiles. Many other exhibits were fun and interesting as well. But overall, because there were more kids than adults there when I went, it was a bit chaotic . Plus, the...More

Thank 66garrett
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were in town on a group trip and was given only 3 hours to tour this museum. I wish we had more time because this wasn't nearly enough time to see everything! This place is so huge and like a maze, we were lost...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We first brought our son to this museum six years ago, when he was nine years old. On that visit, we arrived when the museum opened, and we ended up staying until it closed because he loved it so much and wanted to do EVERYTHING....More

Thank AEB_MN
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was the #1 attraction of our four-day stay. We will definitely come back to this great interactive museum. It has exhibits for all ages. Our friend's four-year-old son enjoyed himself, and so did we. I took dozens of photos here and would have needed...More

Thank Julie F
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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
...More
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Karla L
16 June 2018|
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Response from ontrax2017 | Reviewed this property |
I did see wheelchairs, however best to email the museum and ask.
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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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