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Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
+1 773-684-1414
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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“coal mine” (984 reviews)
“u boat” (766 reviews)
“all ages” (634 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Hyde Park
+1 773-684-1414
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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited the museum specifically to go into the submarine U505. We had tried several times but it was always sold out. So lesson learned we purchased our tickets on line in advance and had no hickups. It was fabulous. Definitely not a sude tour...More

Thank windycitygirl2014
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

All family enjoyed. The submarine is unique! The kids enjoyed the simulations. Family can spend at least half a day.

Thank Yolyni
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I found the museum fascinating. Plenty of wonderful displays. We used our Chicago city pass to save time on admission and get a free movie. I highly recommend this as a stop!

Thank Jacob B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went with a group - ages 24 to 33. We were extremely impressed with the interactive features. This museum is absolutely massive!! The activities and displays truly are state-of-the-art! We spent about 4 hours in the museum, and could have spent double that as we...More

Thank 19,276,481
Reviewed 3 days ago

First, the museum is awesome, especially when you get into some of the newer exhibits, such as the vortex simulator, science area and the aviation stuff. However, get ready for some sticker shock once inside. Most of the exhibits or simulators/shows you will want to...More

1  Thank Brett P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We never get tired of this museum. My wife and I attended member's night and were quite entertained. Special events included insect and reptile petting, and "science of beer" with tasting for adults. The reduced crowds compared to the weekends when we usually go meant...More

Thank Dennis S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wonderful museum. I took my kids on the South Shore Line train- would highly recommend. 57th St. station is Hyde park- which is safe, beautiful, and only a block from the museum. If you get there early, you can go inside the ticketing entrances where...More

Thank gcbradford
Reviewed 3 days ago

Thiis interesting museum has a lot of hands-on equiptment, that occasionaly doesn't work. The often changing exhibits are good quality. There is an I-Max theatre there too Food is from vending machines downstairs or a Corner Bakery on 1st fl.

Thank 197marian
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was my first time to the museum and I spent 4-5 hours here (ate lunch on location). My family and I toured the WW2 German submarine, which was hands down the highlight. The interactive science section was another favorite, and seemed 100% kid friendly....More

Thank Emily S
Reviewed 3 days ago

You can tour the U505 german submarine, go through the Zephyr train, learn about Tornadoes, Wave action, colors of the spectrum, the inside of a 747 plane. a fully scaled operation train layout.Watch the rotation of earth, or go down in a coal mine. This...More

Thank Redrosebud2014
Hyde Park
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
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Shruti J
14 July 2017|
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Response from Nicole R | Reviewed this property |
Your best bet is to purchase online because you'll save money. You can always search the Internet for discount codes as well. Enjoy!
7 July 2017|
Response from missy0505 | Reviewed this property |
You will get general admission only. You will still need to pay full price for any of the extra exhibits such as the mine and U-boat which I highly recommend. It was still very expensive with the ASTC. Parking is also not... More
5 July 2017|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can view the exhibits and the exterior, but to see the interior you need a timed ticket. When reserving your tour, be sure to allow enough time to walk to the sub, quite aways from the entrance, and to see the... More