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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 via mobile

Very large place with something for everyone. Took transit because its a bit out of the way from downtown, but worth the trip.

Thank EcHealey
Reviewed yesterday

We have been here a couple of times. This last time we had a 3 year old, a five year old and an 8 year old with us. They are all asking when we can go back! Such a good variety of exhibits and hands...More

Thank jasandamy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited on a Monday, got there right at opening. No waiting for tickets, we purchased the "Robot Revolution" and the "U-505 Submarine On boad tour". Very clean and we'll staffed. The submarine tour was very interesting and well worth the extra $12per person. The...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

We lucked out getting to the museum when they had on display all of the Christmas trees from around the world, and their giant tree lit and ready for viewing - gorgeous. Spent over 4 hours here and our almost 13 year old granddaughter loved...More

Thank momE1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Experience was very good. MSI appeared clean despite being crowded. Our 9 year old found plenty of engaging interesting items. The opportunity to engage with staff was great too. Lots a great learning opportunities and different mediums for learning types. My disappointment with MSI is...More

Thank A E
Reviewed 3 days ago

Took my wife here for the first time this weekend and even though I have been there several times as a kid, this place still delivers in this educational experience. It seems far better suited for full families with kids, but we still enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Kyle H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have visited here a few times over the years, but my recent trip was for the first time in a while. They had just put out the Christmas tree exhibit for this year, so I really enjoyed looking at those. They also had two...More

Thank Stephanie P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Rarely do museums combine beauty, education, and entertainment as well as the Museum of Science and Industry. We stared in the city and found that the museum was easily accessible from Metra. My child really enjoyed the giant hampster wheel!

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I traveled to Chicago with our 3 grandsons (ages 12-15), and it was unanimous to visit MSI again. This time we were smart and bought our tickets before our trip, so we would not be disappointed with sell outs. The only hiccup...More

Thank 53589WI-Traveler
Reviewed 6 days ago

On our visit to Chicago this weekend a highlight was the Museum of Science and Industry. So much history and hands on. The U505 was amazing, the Spitfire, the Stuka and many more echibits. I recommend highly especially to Veterans. There is something for everyone...More

Thank 806marien
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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Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from dlevitan | Reviewed this property |
City bus is OK but an Uber or Lyft is convenient and reasonable.
Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from CubFan1948 | Reviewed this property |
I will agree with others, public transportation is not the safest way to go. Use a taxi or Uber.
Mandi L
5 September 2017|
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Response from spinkick | Reviewed this property |
I would say 4 hours is a good bet. The submarine is a must see. Also the dollhouse and coal mine. The 1890s street is a must do and stop in the iceream store- a bit $$ but is good. Most of the exhibits have alot of touchy... More