Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Chicago

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#1 of 10 in Childrens Museums in Illinois
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. To visit Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and get the most from your holiday in Chicago, create itinerary details personal to you using our Chicago trip builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The family and I took a quick late summer trip to Chicago and did museums for several days. Museum of Science and industry is a don't miss. All the kids 11, 14 and 16 had a great time as did mom and d...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I grew up in the suburbs. We could count on field trips here every year. I have been all over the US and always thought nothing could compare to it. Not even all those museums in Washington. This is m...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Some areas of the museum are modern, some feel totally forgotten about. I think I must have seen some of the exhibits 40 years ago. The price for the museum was reasonable, but the add-ons are very ex...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    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
  • June 11, 2017
    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
  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 30, 2017
    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.
  • April 6, 2017
    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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