Museum of Science and Industry

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Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry
4.5
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The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see. You’ll experience 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and have the chance to stand before a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; descend into an Illinois coal mine; tour a fully functioning eco-friendly home; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart; and much more! MSI is not a place where you walk around quietly and observe. No way! You get involved in the fun—and learn—by doing. Just a few miles from downtown with convenient underground parking.
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Neighbourhood: Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.
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Laura Prodanov
7 contributions
May 2022 • Family
The museum is great but the people that work at the food courts and ticket place were just horrible, completely not friendly and angry to me and my family. We could just tell that was because we’re not American and just a few of us speak English.
Written 11 May 2022
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Mark Rubino
1 contribution
May 2022
I was there years a go and I REALY enjoy the the experience. This time I could not believe how much they NICKEL AND DIME you to DEATH 21.95$at the door+12.oo submarine+12.oo for coal mine +15.00 lego more money for kids spot +more money for a ride near air plane. I will never go back and I will tell about my experience
Written 10 May 2022
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA139 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited the last Friday in April. To get there by the 9:30 opening, we traveled by bus instead of driving from our hotel on Michigan Ave. because it was cheaper ($10 for both of us, round trip) than paying the $22 parking fee, plus we didn't have to drive. The #2 bus dropped us off at 57th and Stoney Island Ave, which is only a block west of the museum, to get back we took the #6 bus, but during the summer months, the #10 bus drops you off right at the museum.

The exhibits were spectacular, I took the U-505 tour which was an extra $18 and took about 1/2 hour, but our tornado film inside the giant dome theater was included upon our request as part of our CityPass admission. The rocket and Apollo exhibits were outstanding, the transportation exhibits were great. I also enjoyed the farm tech exhibits, the extreme ice displays, the 727 plane exhibit, which you can walk through and various other displays including the various aircraft on display.

I did not get to see the coal mine or the Art of the Brick Gallery because they were extra add ons and I didn't have enough time. But, my wife saw the Coal Mine exhibit and enjoyed it. We were there all day until closing at 4pm and only took a 15 minute break to eat a snack and grab a cup of coffee. If I had another day, I would have liked to come back and see more.

If you go, wear comfortable shoes due to all the walking. Also, don't schedule too many add on exhibits such as the Brick Gallery, U-boat tour, tornado film, etc. or you won't get to see the whole museum.
Written 7 May 2022
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Darryl G
Richmond, VA96 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This museum is strickly for kids and families with young kids. The submarine (U-505) exhibit, antique cars, IMAX films, and the Apollo 8 command module were the only exhibits that most adults would find interesting. The worst thing about this museum is that there are several other exhibits, which seemed interesting by their descriptions, that each charged extra for you to see, after already paying to get into the museum.
Written 27 April 2022
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Jane S
6 contributions
Apr 2022
Traveling with 3 children age 5,8,11 all found something to do and have fun with at the museum. We stayed all day and still had more to see. (Teachers get in free but you have to register on the website and get a code but it is well worth it.)
Written 20 April 2022
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avazacopoulos
Mexico City, Mexico102 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
The best museum in the Chicago area for all ages and interests. Lots to do, lots to touch, lots to explore from a really wide variety of themes in this museum. Once you find your way (got confused with the color coded stairs) the exhibits are laid out just so - so you can go through them without missing anything. Obviously the best exhibit is the German U-Boat - need to book in advance for the special inside tour. You really need 3-5hrs to do the whole thing and we really did not miss anything.
Written 16 April 2022
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millekat02
Grand Rapids, MI177 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
MSI is absolutely huge and you definitely need to make an entire day out of it. We liked the Tesla Coil, Chick Hatchery, Extreme Ice, the Mirror Maze and the U505 Submarine the best. I took my teen and tween and they were entertained & hopefully picked up some new knowledge as I know I did.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t been anywhere since our last family vacation in 2019 (thanks pandemic) but I found that MSI is bonkers expensive. The price of admission was fine, but the extra tours were overpriced. $18 a ticket to tour the inside of the Submarine for what was less than 30 minutes. The tour guide was awesome (shout out to Max) and I learned a lot, but I felt the cost was a bit much. The Coal Mine, the Bricks exhibit, the Giant Dome theater were all extra. So, for 3 of us for admission and only the Submarine tour it was $106!
I spent time thinking how I felt that the pricing could make these experiences out of reach for some people so it would be nice if admission either included one extra or if they just made the extras a little more affordable.
We did get lunch there and spent $35 for 4 hot dog, chip & pop combos. Later on I did get the kids a scoop of ice cream which was large and reasonably priced for $3.99.
We took the bus there from our hotel and that was very easy so do not be intimidated by public transport!
If you are choosing between the Field
Museum or MSI I would choose the Field Museum. Glad we went here and experienced it though!
Written 10 April 2022
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Kate S
35 contributions
Apr 2022
Very interesting and interactive museum. We spent almost an entire day there to get through everything. The coolest things there are the storm areas. Learned a lot and had a ton of fun activities, especially for kids. I also really enjoyed the airplanes and the cool little model they made for the trains. The Black Creativity exhibit was better than some of the art at the Art Institute. So much talent!
Written 7 April 2022
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Sue S
Traverse City, MI571 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Brought our young grandson here during Spring Break and he loved everything. The tornado and tsunami making exhibits were huge hits. Art of the Brick and getting to make his own Lego sculpture were great. The crowds were pretty large but not horrific. The human development and baby chick exhibits were well done as well. Lots of hands on but there were waits at each one. The submarine was amazing. Glad we bought tickets ahead because several were sold out
Written 31 March 2022
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angelajod
Kansas City, MO19 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Absolutely love this place. Spent four hours here and could have stayed longer (we didn’t even do the tour of the sub or the coal mine but will be back for them!) Note that even if you don’t do the submarine “tour” you can still visit the exhibit so make sure you don’t miss that; we almost did. Kids ages 6/8/11 all had an incredible time. Very interactive and self paced. A good variety of exhibits too so appeals to a broad audience. We drove but it is a little bit out of the city so plan transportation accordingly. Look for deals using the city pass or if you have a membership to a local science museum in your own home town there is an extensive list of museums that offer reciprocal benefits so check that option out!
Written 19 March 2022
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