Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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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 went to this museum not really knowing what to expect but knowing based on reviews I should take the guided tour of the submarine. When I bought my ticket at the museum, I added the U-505... 
    I went to this museum not really knowing what to expect but knowing based on reviews I should take the guided tour of the submarine. When I bought my ticket at the museum, I added the U-505...  more »
  • Our 5 year old is very much into engineering, we came to the museum 2 days in a row because he wanted to see everything. It was worth paying twice. The website advertises exhibits (there’s a lot... 
    Our 5 year old is very much into engineering, we came to the museum 2 days in a row because he wanted to see everything. It was worth paying twice. The website advertises exhibits (there’s a lot...  more »
  • Great place for children of all ages to learn about science and history. Great exhibits that change with the seasons. Highly recommend 
    Great place for children of all ages to learn about science and history. Great exhibits that change with the seasons. Highly recommend  more »
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  • 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.
  • My five y/o son and I enjoyed our visit. They did a TERRIFIC job updating the Zephyr. Tons of interesting info added and cool touches like food menus in the buffet car and model produce and other items in cargo crates. Also, the Zephyr seating gives a very realistic feel to the whole experience. We otherwise enjoyed the usual exhibits, my son can never get enough of this place. Always something new to learn.
  • Went with two adults - was very cool to poke around the entire museum, and there were definitely some awe-inspiring exhibits. But, overall, the reason for the 4/5 is because it is extremely children-oriented. That makes complete sense, as 95% of museums are geared and marketed towards 12 and under, but I would have definitely appreciated a few more adult-oriented exhibits. The Art Of The Brick is a very cool gallery, and you should definitely check it out if you have the time. The Vortex and Boeing 727 exhibits were also very cool, two must-sees if you're going to attend.
  • I haven't been here in close to two decades. It's nothing like I remember. Went to check out the Marvel Exhibit. The place seemed larger than I remember and there were a lot of interesting exhibits. Stopped in the gift store and had a great experience with two of the employees, who were very friendly and engaging. I'm going to bring my niece when she comes into town. I know she'll really enjoy it.
  • 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.

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