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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
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+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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Scientific fatigue

This is enormous. There is so much to see & do , so many things to fiddle with. It's fun but exhausting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is enormous. There is so much to see & do , so many things to fiddle with. It's fun but exhausting

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West Dundee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My daughter was very hesitant about our visit, she thought that we would be looking at lame exhibits. She was pleasantly surprised. The MOSI is very interactive. We had a blast and look forward to a return trip soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been to many Science and Industry Museums from London to France and this is the best interactive and up to date facilities! If you have been to better tell me, because I would love to experiene. All others pale in comparison.

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Danville, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the most kid friendly places. A family could spend a whole day there and not see everything. Get the city pass and take the uber or lyft . When I was a kid my dad would take us down to the beach so we could watch the crew bring the U 505 up the beach and across LSD... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is very nice. We loved in special the part about the submarine. As we bought our tickets thru Go Chicago, we paid separately the Submarine tour. Also, I love bikes and I loved this part in the museum. Another thing that I liked as the Hurricanes, very interesting.

Thank Marcel P
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in Chicago for a week and did LOTS of sightseeing and museum hopping. This was one of our favorite days!With kids ages 10 through 16 they all found something exciting to explore. There was lots to see here, but many of the attractions charge an extra fee, a reservation, or both. That was more than a little frustrating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Huge. Plan to spend the better part of a day here. So much to see. The sub is awesome. The space area is cool too. And the trains. Loved this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Take your kids, take your wife! If you love or even like museums, this place is for you. This place sets the bar high with its array of exhibits. There is something fun and/or interesting for all ages. Many interactive displays, which kids always love. If I recall, admission was around $20/person and parking will vary (of course). You could... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I journeyed here by train from downtown Chicago, and spent a few hours wandering around. There are many interesting exhibits. We wanted to see the inside of the train, and submarine, but chose not to spend the extra money on those two. Overall, we had a great day. The crowds were very large, and we were not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visit Chicago at least twice a year, and we always visit Museum of Science and Industry with our 3 children ( ages 7 and under). There is still a lot to see each time - and never a dull moment. Tip: With Ann Arbor's Hands on musem family pass, you get free admission to this attraction!

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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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