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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Hyde Park
+1 773-684-1414
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an amazing museum! We touched a glacier wall, had an ice cream sundae, the kids loved the kids' area, but also everything else. The whispering room is really cool. And make sure you go see the chicken hatch - so adorable!!! It's difficult...More

Thank Silke M
Reviewed yesterday

Took our Grandchildren to the Science and Industry Museum in Chicago. We spent almost 8 hours there and could have easily spent 2 days. There is so much to see and do. Our grandson enjoyed the Great Train Story and the Idea Factory best. And...More

Thank CckidnyIndiana
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were in a hurry with only a few hours before we had to hit the road for home. But I'm glad we took what time we had and experienced this amazing place. We will want to spend time here again next time. Great for...More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited the Museum of Science and Industry many times as a kid on school trips and with my family. It has always enthralled me. This time I took several of my out-of-towm grandchildren and they enjoyed it as much as I always have. The...More

Thank Roadwarrior D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Let me begin by saying that I am not generally a museum person. This definitely did not apply to this visit. We arrived soon after it opened, and were probably one of the last to leave---we could have spent lots of time there. For us,...More

Thank marigail
Reviewed 4 days ago

i visited the museum for the first time and was amazed at it's size. I went to see the captured German submarine. Allow plenty of time before your timed visit to view all the exhibits and films about it's capture. I also saw 2 trains...More

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 4 days ago

As is the case with the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry is one of those places best enjoyed over a lifetime. I went there as a kid, took my own kid there often, and now visit with my grandkids. I experience the...More

Thank TravelingScholar60
Reviewed 4 days ago

My whole family enjoyed this visit. Highly recommend!! No trip to Chicago is complete unless you make a stop here.

Thank Alexander S
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is great museum with so many exhibits. I hadn't been in years and it was a great day. I have to say it is definitely a great thing to do in Chicago. The BIG ISSUE I had was that the entrance fee was $X,...More

Thank Ellen E
Reviewed 4 days ago

This Museum was great!!! We enjoyed spending the day here. Many interactive areas. While children would enjoy just about everything here us slightly older patrons enjoyed it just as much. Our favorite was the 505 Submarine exhibit. I would go back again for sure.

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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
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Ann H
Woukd :techie" college freshmen enjoy this museum?
20 June 2017|
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Response from hamamama | Reviewed this property |
A college freshman would enjoy the museum. The range of displays and interaction would be enough to capture the full attention of our not-really-grown-up-yet late-20's techie kids (a computer engineer and a smart-phone... More
Stephany H
Are you able to drive to museum in a class b pickup truck from I-57N? Due to rules change on class b pickup trucks on Lake Shore Dr.? We are planning to visit but only have 2 pickup trucks. Hoping there is a tip...
9 June 2017|
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Response from ROBERT B | Reviewed this property |
I'm not familiar with the pick-up truck laws, but I would use a GPS and select 'alternate route'. Bob
Stephany H
Can you drive a class b pickup truck from Central Illinois/ I-57N?
9 June 2017|
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Response from 0chicagotraveler1 | Reviewed this property |
Followup to the previous answer: My directions missed a step. I57 ends at the Dan Ryan Expressway, I94. Continue on north in I94/Dan Ryan to 63rd, and proceed as I recommended on 63rd and Stony Island.