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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
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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Favorite museum in Chicago

Yes, I'm a science nerd, but that being said, I think MSI is my favorite museum in Chicago. The coal mine is a particular favorite - just as fun as an adult as it was when I was a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes, I'm a science nerd, but that being said, I think MSI is my favorite museum in Chicago. The coal mine is a particular favorite - just as fun as an adult as it was when I was a kid.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a recent trip to Chicago, we took our 8-year-old son to the Museum of Science and Industry. What a place! There are so many displays and cool, interactive exhibits. From a vortex demonstration to a body parts display, to a German U-505 submarine -- inside the museum -- there is something to see and do at every turn. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been visiting here for years and Christmas around the world is always a pleasure. The Japanese Garden behind the museum is beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Over the holiday season my wife and I took our toddler on a VERY snowy day. We wanted to see the Christmas Trees from around the world that we hadn't seen since we were kids. It was just as good if not better than I remember! Seeing all the trees and learning about the cultures was great. We even got... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One day is definitely not enough to go and try all that is offered to you here. Can't wait to check more stuff as we ran out of time to do it last time. This thing is just amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a science nerds dream. If you want your kids to learn in a fun way how things are made and produced this is the place for you. We will have to make a second trip to explore as there wasn't enough time for extra exploration. Give yourself two full days to really take in everything. It's worth it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived by opening so had no wait. Also went on a weekday morning. Museum is well organized. Plan ahead so you know what areas are appropriate for your children. Well laid out facility. We had a good time and parking was easy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

MOSI has something to offer for visitors of all ages. Toddlers & Preschoolers will love the play areas downstairs (Farm Tech & Idea Factory), School Age children are often fascinated with Fast Forward & ToyMaker 3000 (Bring $5 in cash to have a robot assembly line churn out your own spinning toy), and Tweens/Teens/Adults seem to enjoy Science Storms and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place does not disappoint. Coming off the heels of the Field Museum, my family of adults and children were very impressed. We found the Field Museum unimpressive. There were hands-on everything and baby chicks hatching! We were never bored. This place is a top notch site to spend the day. The Toymaker lab lets you watch your high tech... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband just had a birthday, 44. He's been wanting to come to this museum since age seven. Unfortunately for the Museum, he turned out to be a physicist and was recruited by MIT. We thought that all the exhibits have been dumbed down over the years and many were below even a middle school level of comprehension. We paid... More 

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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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