Indulge your passion for the scientific world at Museum of Science and Industry, 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 can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Museum of Science and Industry Reviews
We had fun visiting here. The only part I don't like is that you have to pay an extra free to do a bunch of stuff besides the admission fee. We did not do any extra stuff and just did all the general ... more »
Our whole family enjoyed the visit to the museum very much. The kids had a bladt in the idea factory and the mirror maze. My husband and I loved the Submarine exhibit, it was super cool and interestin... more »
Went to this amazing place today! My second time here but last time I went was 5years ago. This place never ceases to amaze me! All the hands on experiments that help you learn how things work! With the storm exhibit I love the wave one! It really shows how waves work and tsunamis occur. Super simple set up but so impressive! We also did the coal mine tour which was so cool! They take you through a real life experience on the day of a mine worker and the equipment they used and actually turn machines on for you. Super informative and fun enough to where kids and adults enjoy it all the same! The submarine tour was my personal favorite though with detailed story telling on how we acquired it and what went on inside of it and how everything works, accompanied with sound effects and the real life setup! Absolutely impressive and fun! Love this place! Would recommend for anyone at any age!
A huge museum with many interactive displays. For the experience exhibits you will need to pick up timed tickets before you enter so I would plan around that first. A lot of the cool exhibits cost extra so plan ahead and research which ones you want to do. We came here one hour before closing which is definitely not enough time. We were mainly able to check out the mirror maze which was fun and short. Because we came at the last hour, tickets were half price which was a nice surprise (I didn’t see this on the website).
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