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Museum of Science and Industry

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Hyde Park
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Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Phone Number: +1 773-684-1414
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only...

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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Easy to get to. We got the Metra from millennium park to 55th street. Quiet and cheap. Spent about 4 hours here. It would have been so much better had the 100s of screaming kids... read more

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Easy to get to. We got the Metra from millennium park to 55th street. Quiet and cheap. Spent about 4 hours here. It would have been so much better had the 100s of screaming kids not been there. You couldn't get to anything and if you were on something you were shoved out of the way by kids that literally... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is like the coolest science class you've never been to. They even have planes and tornados hanging in the ceiling. We loved taking our baby there and will definitely be back countless times. For parents, it is AWESOME that parking is located in the basement. Then you don't have to walk in with kids from the outside. It's... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great learning place. Fun exhibits. Great for kids and adults. This is a must visit if in Chicago. Everyone in our group had a great time. Great for all ages.

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Roslyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a pretty cool museum. It's a little pricey because they have a lot of extras that can add up. But the overall exhibits are really cool. I was especially interested in the WWII submarine. Unfortunately the onboard tours had sold out so we didn't get to do it. The other exhibits were pretty cool for adults, but the rest... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this museum. Is excellent for children and excellent for adults. From the ferry castle to the submarine to the weather exhibit – there is just so much to do. Allow plenty of time to read and interact with the exhibits. If you are adults, expect the kids. It won't detract from your visit, I promise.

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Portage, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This has always been my favorite museum. They do a fantastic job of making science fun! From large Tesla coils to dropping balls off the balcony. Super fun, thanks again!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The U-505 exhibit was very interesting, although our guide struggled with her spiel. Another example of how there is an extra charge for some of the exhibits in the Chicago museums which is disappointing. This museum is included in the City Pass.

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Magnificent 75 foot tall Christmas tree in the Rotunda. Christmas trees decorated from 50 countries as per their customs. Met very friendly people at this kid friendly event. Sheila Cawley (VP) & David Mosena (President) were very welcoming and put together a wonderful event. Seeing the wide-eyed expressions of families when they reached the top of the escalator and got... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Museum of Science and Industry on Chicago's South Side is just exceptional. I have been going there for more than twenty years, and I am still amazed how much there is to do...and see! My family were there this week, and since it is Christmas time, the display of the Christmas Trees from around the World is a central... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I came here to see the Uboat, it is a must see if youre into history, its an intact once with a lot of history, sadly you must visit inside the boat with guided tours, which given the ages of the guides, well lets say theyre told what could have been, ok fine, it's their job, the musuem itself has... More 

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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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