Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

4.6
#1 of 8 in Childrens Museums in Chicago
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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  • I think this is a good museum overall. We spent 3-4 hours here. Some parts of the museum were boring and underwhelming, with not a lot to do. But I think some of the exhibits make up for that, mainly ...  more »
  • We had heard the U boat exhibit was very good and it was. Lots of fun facts to be gathered: U-505 was the first man-of-war captured since 1812, it can take a chick up to 10 hours to peck its way out f...  more »
  • It is the best for children when there is an exhibition of the airplane and there is a model of the coal mine. It can also be enjoyed by adults. I also do various exhibitions.
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  • I went here as a kid and remember it being awesome. This time we didn't even but tickets, they are crazy expensive and they want 20 bucks to park in the garage on top. The basic museum cost is pricey and if you want to do anything extra there it cost more, like the submarine, it cost extra. The only way it's cost effective is if you are a member and go more than once, but that doesn't work when you are just visiting for the day.
  • This museum was a real treat. They had many interesting exhibits. It was fun to see some things that were in the museum when I was a kid next to the new stuff. I really appreciate how they are always working to bring something new into the museum. You can easily spend an entire day here. I highly recommend this place for people with kids. It isn't as interactive as a children's museum, but it isn't as hands-off as many other museums we've been to. They have a good mix to keep kids engaged. We will definitely visit again.
  • A Chicago institution. Good for kids and grown-ups alike. Although the total for 2 adults and 2 kids Rose to $167 with the u-505 and coal mine tours, a good time was had by all. The u-505 tour is great (Allison was an enthusiastic and engaging tour guide) the coal mine tour could be good, although our tour guide needed a serious personality adjustment. You could tell that she's given this tour a thousand times and didn't care less about doing it again.
  • Way too much to put in a review. We could have easily spent 3 days here, and saw only part of everything in our 6 or so hours available. There are plenty of interesting, interactive exhibits. The prices are high but certainly worth it. Traveling/rotating exhibitions are certainly worth seeing. Definitely accessible to children but still in depth enough for adults.
  • Amazing place, must visit museum in Chicago. Has limited parking space. Exhibits include historic modes of transportation and all sort of scientific inventions. A giant area of models of trains is awesome. Area with live exhibits of tornado is worth seeing also. Do go early in the morning it is an great and amazingly large museum.
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