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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. 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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  • The museum is full of exhibits and things to do. Most impressive was the full-size authentic German U-boat. I highly recommend the U-boat tour, but make sure you get to the exhibit early to walk throu...  more »
  • Yes, I'm a science nerd, but that being said, I think MSI is my favorite museum in Chicago. The coal mine is a particular favorite - just as fun as an adult as it was when I was a kid. 
  • On a recent trip to Chicago, we took our 8-year-old son to the Museum of Science and Industry. What a place! There are so many displays and cool, interactive exhibits. From a vortex demonstration to a...  more »
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  • The special exhibits are informative, but the additional cost is high. The general admission exhibits are hard to grasp as most are dependent on touch screens and game style activities to convey information. It is incredibly hard to comprehend the information as it is presented as only one person at a time can be at a station doing the activity or playing the game. I would rather read a placard over a shoulder to grasp the information over standing in a long line to play a smart phone style game activity. The older exhibits I remember enjoying as a child are starting to show signs of wear and age.
  • The storms exhibit was neat. The mirror maze was fun. Most everything else was rather boring for adults and kids. I was very disappointed each time we arrived at a pay-to-play exhibit. After admission plus $22 for parking, $42 for each exhibit seemed outrageous! You walk through all of the U-boat information and then at the bottom of the ramp by the actual U-Boat there's this collection of people all having discussions like "Well maybe you and Mommy can go in and Jack and I will stay out here." It's sad. In my opinion, this museum does not warrant the cost for any age. I would much rather go to the Shedd Aquarium again.
  • An amazing interactive experience, great for the young and young at heart. You'll learn plenty when you visit, but don't skimp on the guided tours either. You select 1-3 of them when you purchase tickets, and they are well worth doing. We did the U-505 submarine tour, and it was an amazing 20 minutes to experience. Food is a bit pricey, as one may expect, and school tours can get in the way, so keep that in mind. Go early, the tours can fill up fast by noon, and there is a lot to see and do.
  • What a wonderful museum! Great for kids and adults alike... it will takes days to get through it all so grab a map and head to the areas that interest you most first. I'm always impressed at the scale of this museum as the full sized train, sub, and 727 jet seem tiny inside its huge halls! Lots of hands on exhibits and there are always new featured exhibits to see.
  • Very nice place I love the upgrades since I was a kid it looks a lot better love it then love it now