Indulge your passion for the scientific world at Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. The complex boasts more than 800 exhibits--many of them interactive--representing diverse subjects, such as energy, environment, transportation, and space. Travel under the earth into the museum's exact replica of a 1933 Illinois coal mine, or head to the transportation wing to view a World War II German U-505 submarine and a replica of the first plane used by the Wright Brothers. Don’t miss the Apollo 8 aircraft that carried the first humans to orbit the moon and a retired United 727. Ask at the entrance about the always-fascinating temporary exhibits (additional fee). Check online in advance for a CityPass or Go Chicago card, each offering discounts for several other Chicago attractions, including this one. Popular tours sell out, so consider buying tickets in advance. Using our online itinerary creator, Chicago attractions like Museum of Science and Industry can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Museum of Science and Industry reviews
A full day, and good variety of things to see. Disappointed but not surprised by the Dome planets show that was full of ridiculous and inaccurate "facts".
A full day, and good variety of things to see. Disappointed but not surprised by the Dome planets show that was full of ridiculous and inaccurate "facts". more »
This museum is filled with exciting exhibits and plenty of information to spend the entire day learning many thought-provoking facts. If you are a war history lover (as am I), visiting the U505...
This museum is filled with exciting exhibits and plenty of information to spend the entire day learning many thought-provoking facts. If you are a war history lover (as am I), visiting the U505... more »
Avoid this place - it is a huge rip off! All the free exhibits are super lame. Every single good exhibit they want to charge extra for, on top of the $22 admission. We spent over $80 for our family...
Avoid this place - it is a huge rip off! All the free exhibits are super lame. Every single good exhibit they want to charge extra for, on top of the $22 admission. We spent over $80 for our family... more »
This place has an internal parking lot which I wish I knew earlier. Also, it's better if you buy your tickets in advance otherwise you'd have to wait in a long line. This museum is a must-visit, only that if you're an adult, I would recommend to start your visitation with the third floor instead of the ground floor. On the third floor, you get a lot of hands-on with science stuff and recent technology. You get better exposure and can take better pictures. Come prepared to spend like 2-4 hours. It gets chilly inside at times. Of course, they have paid exhibitions which you can choose as per your liking. We went for amazing hikes in North America paid exhibition and the experience was spectacular. We were seated in a four-storey dome-based theatre with a movie experience so unique by far. Overall, the museum experience is worth the money, it's so much better for the young kids but the adults can enjoy it as much.
What an amazing science museum! Half a day (or even a full day) isn't nearly enough time to experience it all. So many hands-on experiments for the kids, such as making your own tornado. Get there when it opens to enjoy having some of the areas to yourself. We were especially impressed with the coal mine tour - real mining equipment and our tour guide, Austin, was very engaging. This is definitely on our list again for when we next return to Chicago.
Be prepared to be blown away. This massive museum packs so much to do and see. We (two adults) explored for 5 hours. I will say, there are plenty of sections kids will want to fly through - and others you might have to pry them away from. We selected tornado alley for the film we saw in the dome theater - a really cool experience. Wear comfy shoes! It’s a lot of standing and walking around. There are plenty of bathrooms and lots of vending and food options - for being a museum. You have to pay $22 to park on campus - which I found obscene but it is what it is. Definitely recommend coming here!
This museum was my first tourism stop in Chicago and it did not disappoint. They had well-executed interactive displays of everything relating to science and industry. Even a coal miner simulation! I enjoyed the exhibit on “you!” the most. It was interesting to see the modern wearable technologies and the different showcases of how our bodies change with age. I also thought it was very affordable to go. You could easily spend over 3+ hours here. I highly recommend for anyone visiting Chicago.
An absolutely fantastic and in depth museum! So much to explore and you will be busy there for at least a couple of hours. My only complaint is how many exhibits cost extra to go into (like inside the submarine or the Lego exhibit). However, we enjoyed nearly every section we explored.
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