Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Chicago

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Indulge your passion for the scientific world at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 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, Chicago can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This museum is huge, with a variety of exhibitions. There are some who are with cost extra. In my case we do not pay any extra. I didn't they close at 4 pm and time missed us to see it in full. That Yes, you should go very comfortable because you walk much. Super interesting for the whole family.
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  • Great place for young and old alike but is especially wonderful for families with kids. The chick hatchery mesmerizes us every time!  more »
  • The robot exhibit seemed a little tired, enjoyed the submarine and the model train but found the cost to enter the extra exhibits was pretty high for what we got. Maybe better with children.  more »
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  • Incredible, there are so many interactive exhibits and facilities. Be prepared to spend a little however, there are many tours and gifts around. It would definitely take mire than a day to learn from all the exhibits. And some are often changed. I enjoyed my visit and would go again
  • This place is amazing and one of my childhood Chicago favorites. I love going to see the super old stuff housed here The new displays really don't do it for me. They're more spectacle than industry or science. Bring lots of money The museum charges for everything period but they can provide everything. Almost always busy around the holidays never go on a holiday go on like at Wednesday in March Almost nobody is there and you have the whole place to yourself it's super awesome. Has a super sweet underground parking garage
  • The robots exhibit was awesome! Chicago miniature model also was spectacular. There is kids playing area that's entertaining for 6mo to 6 yr old. It was easy using Costco Go Pass. Definitely recommend with a discounted ticket. Not so much fun for teens though.
  • There are so many awesome things to do here and almost all of them are interactive than just walking around and reading. Loved the whole place and will surely try to come again. Once day will not be enough to explore the whole museum. It was truly impressive to see such wonderful exhibits. Must go if you are in Chicago.
  • I was thrilled to actually stand inside an authentic U-Boat captured in WWII (U-505). This is a terrific guided tour that is well-worth the extra charge! The exhibit is extremely well done and accompanied by an excellent moderator/docent guiding the tour. Although questions are not allowed during the tour through the boat, be sure to take advantage of the guide's knowledge after the tour (they remain available for questions/conversation at the end). Of course the rest of the Museum is phenomenal, too. Much of it is geared for kids (and adults that are willing to admit that they don't know everything). What a great way to spend a day getting your brain stretched back into shape. Loved every minute of it.

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