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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  • I loved it! Wife loved it! Kids loved it! Ticketing was very simple and fast and the employees were very helpful. There was a balance of new and old exhibits. We watched “Tornado Alley” and wished we had done the “Coal Mine” instead. We also took a tour on the U-571....which was awesome! Great interactive exhibits on weather, electricity, sound, etc. The kiddos (aged 7 & 9) really loved being able to touch, pull, play, push things rather than walk past displays in glass boxes. Probably the best museum experience we’ve had....ever!
  • It was pretty crowded and warm inside (based on a weekend visit in July). The standard entrance fee exhibits are fun for kids. Anything extra is pretty exorbitantly priced. Architecture is beautiful. Would put it up there in one of the required spots to see for tourists if only for the history of the building. Would say required for any Chicagoan to see but I'm guessing we've all done the field trip or family outing there at some point in our lives.
  • A must-visit location for anyone visiting Chicago who loves science and technology. It's one of the top museums in the country and for good reason! Every exhibit is extremely interactive. While there are certainly a few parts that could use some updates, I've been going ever since I was a kid and often multiple times a year. I love it. A great spot for kids and adults alike! There's something for everyone.
  • Outstanding place. Fun for all ages. You would think I am talking about the circus. Well they have exhibits about that to. This museum truly has a little bit of everything in a great fun and exciting learning environment. I have been going here since I was 10 years old and as much as things stay the same they also change for the better almost every time I visit. There truly is nothing I can really said bad about this museum. Adults, teens, children, even small children will have something to do
  • By far our FAVORITE museum in Downtown Chicago! So much stuff to do! Lots of hands on activities! We spent 8 hours here and still didn't see it ALL! Our children, 9 & 7, loved it!! Favorites were the weather exhibit, the U 505 submarine tour, the fantasy factory, so many cool things! The food is expensive, but the burgers were top grade! One of the best we've ever had, well worth the money!👍

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