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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  • Por poco me arrepiento de no haber ido. Estaba tarde y no me dio tiempo de ir. Al otro dia decidi terminar la libreta de city pass y fuimos. Gracias a Dios que fuimos. Es hermoso en navidad. Es muy ed...  more »
  • Too much to see, and not enough time to see it all. Wonderful experience. I'm certain my family and I will return in the near future!  more »
  • We had some time off between New Years and the beginning of school, so we took a day to visit the museum. The Christmas trees were still up, and we really enjoyed seeing those. We love all the exhibit...  more »
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  • Our kids (6 & 4) love this place. They are always asking to go there. It was great to see the reopened space exhibit. As a member it's awesome to get to go to the member's lounge. They have a good selection of rotating exhibits. The most recent robots self-guided exhibit was a lot of fun. We speedy love seeing if we will get to watch a baby chicken hatch in the incubator. They is also a great hands on area for kids off all ages with dry and water play zones. It's a little pricey, but one of the best child friendly science museums I've ever been to.
  • Love that a museum like this is accessible to people of Chicago. Huge amount of hands on exhibits, and lots of interesting information. I think MSI is really great at making the subject matter accessible, through easily understandable examples. Make sure to check out the Tesla coil on the ceiling that fires every 30 minutes or so. Just a top notch facility all around. I'd recommend paying the full price admission and coming on a non free day, just to have fewer crowds and to be able to look around on your own pace.
  • Favorite museum, love this place. There's an actual German U-boat and so much more. My kids like the old fashioned street with a movie parlor and ice cream shop. The coal mine and the model train are also big hits (see if you can find bears attacking boy scouts in a cave, or Hulk, or the body floating in the river). Well worth a visit if you have the least bit of curiosity.
  • A really excellent museum. It's enormous and more than we could see during the one day we had. The exhibits make good use of the space and are engaging. Our favorites were the math in nature and weather science (Tesla coil!) exhibits. I would have liked to learned more about the history of the Museum. Parking in the garage was easy and convenient but expensive. The food court offered a nice variety and decent quality but, also, fairly expensive. Bathrooms were plenty and clean.
  • It's always an awesome place, especially for the kids, but it is very expensive. Entrance plus one special exhibit for me and 3 kids (1 of whom is over 11 and thus considered an adult - he's 12) cost $100. Lunch was another $52. 99% of the employees are friendly, outgoing, and very courteous. You can always count on seeing some of the same exhibits, which is great. The new ones are equally great. Parking was only $22, so for a family of 4, it was cheaper to drive than take the South Shore round trip. And it's easier to leave your stuff in the car than having to do coat check, which, by the way, is now $3/item. It used to be $1. Not bad, but considering the entrance fees and the fact that even though you pay per item, they'll put more than one coat per hanger, I think they should have left it at $1. But again, that wasn't a concern for us this time since we didn't take the train. Back to the ticket cost. There are all kinds of options. It's cheaper if you buy online and print your own tickets. I think that saves you $2. Also, you can get a membership for discounts in the gift shop, but I don't know what it costs if anything to get in at the membership price. So depending on how often you'll go, you do have some pricing options.

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