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“Family of 4? The Membership Family Pass is the way to go”

Museum of Science and Industry
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Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
Ranked #6 of 641 things to do in Chicago
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Charlotte, NC
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“Family of 4? The Membership Family Pass is the way to go”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

If your family plans on visiting this museum 2x a year, the family pass is definitely the way to go. Why go 2x a year (or more)? Well, in the summer is a great place to bring the kids so they can enjoy all the interactive exhibits. In the winter, the Museum of Science and Industry celebrates the Christmas holidays with their famous Christmas Trees Around the World.

So how does it compare to buy individual tickets versus Family Membership? For a family of four, you will pay $120 entrance fee for the museum and three exhibits, plus parking (usually $30), plus whatever you purchase in the gift shop. That $150+ is for one visit.

For the $155 Annual Family Membership, you get unlimited visits to the museum, free guest passes, FREE PARKING, free passes to the special exhibits, discounted entrance to the short-term exhibits (we had to pay an extra $4.50 to see the Walt Disney Exhibit, but it was totally worth it). Plus, you get discounts for food and the gift shop, and invitations to special events throughout the year.

Just a note: I do not work for the museum, and I have no affiliation whatsoever with the museum other than owning a Family Membership. I just believe in the importance of supporting the cultural arts, and I also believe in stretching my family's dollars. Go Cubs!

Visited July 2014
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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Great day trip..wOrth the money for the German Sub marine alone. Highly recommended..parking is $20 which stinks but still worth going

Visited July 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We went specifically to see the Disney Archive Exhibit.

Our on-line ticket purchase had some problems, so when we called the museum, the said to go to Will-Call and we would have our tickets there to pick-up. Strangely, they weren't available, even though we had a confirmation number. After some confusion we were given entry tickets to the next timed entry to the Disney Archives exhibit.

It was a well-done exhibit, but I would have liked to see more!!

After touring that, we started to visit the rest of the museum. The crowds were ATROCIOUS .. there seemed to be a lot of children's camp groups there and they were running all over the place. I know that it is a children's museum, but uggg - it made it hard to enjoy some of the exhibits!!

The building is great, and I did love the Fairy Castle!

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

That was the word of the day with my girls. If you have a family get the membership it will be good to use there and other museums all over the US

Visited June 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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“Plan a Few Days for This”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

This museum is amazing! There is something for everyone. We went with a group of 12 people from child to teenagers and adults. We all had a great time. I would suggest you plan to visit two to three days to see everything. We paid extra to see the Omnimax Movie of D-day. My only complaint was that the movie was more maps and drawings than actual footage. Amazing technology here though. This is a must-see in Chicago.

Visited July 2014
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