Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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#1 of 7 in Childrens Museums in Chicago
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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  • Best part is most exhibits are hands-on and kid-friendly. This is a learning lab more than a museum. Spent the entire day here with 11yo nephew and felt we just barely saw it. Big discounts for milita...  more »
  • We spent a whole day there and it wasn’t enough to see all the exhibits. Our son loved the Pixar exhibit (as expected). There were so many interactive things for him to be able to work with - I wish w...  more »
  • Huge museum with something for both adults and children. Don't bother with the PIXAR EXHIBIT unless you have very young kids We spent five hours in the museum and still didn't see everything  more »
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  • Love this museum! Been coming here since I was a kid. The exhibits are always changing and there’s also the staples that never change. I learn something new every time I come here. It’s great for all ages! Brought my 1 yr old son with me on this last visit and he really enjoyed looking at everything and playing in the play area!
  • Where do I start? There is so much to do and see that everyone finds that one cool thing they enjoy. One staff member was extremely personable and talked to my daughter about the possibilities ahead of her in science since she loves math and that it takes hard work. She was genuinely interested. Additionally, he said, "We need more women scientists because they bring a whole new perspective to science." How cool is that?! We didn't have a chance to explore everything but felt fulfilled by the end of experience.
  • We only had about four hours to spend here. But you could easily spend the day getting lost in this Museum all of the exhibits are very well done. I particularly enjoyed the U-505 display and the tour. It was very insightful and very interesting. I had never seen a U-boat before and was fascinated by it. What a great place to go. Our son thoroughly enjoyed the Lego program. There were lots of things to see and do please make sure to have enough time to see it all.
  • Big! Very big! This is probably the biggest museum I have ever been in my whole life. Great place for children. This is a very beautiful museum with a lot of awesome exhibits. Definitely bring a camera-maybe even two. The U-boat, planes, and space exhibits definitely made this museum very fun to visit. Be prepared to walk, because this museum is a whole day deal.
  • This is one of those museums where you could spend a week and still feel like you could go back for more. Among their treasures is The Only surviving U-Boat of World War Two. The capture of U-505 yielded among other things the Enigma machine, which aided the U.S. & her allies the breakthrough to decipher the Nazis encrypted messages. You can actually go inside this vessel. But you have to get there early as tours sell out quickly. This sound boring? How about making your very own Tornado? Yup! 20 + feet tall too. And that's just the beginning. Do yourself a favor and go. Even the little ones who attended when we went were engaged.

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