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Museum of Science and Industry

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    Jenny K.
    "Everything is fun, interactive, just super cool."(19 Tips)
    Ricardo L.
    "Must for all the engineers!! Tornado show is simply amazing!!"(10 Tips)
    Alex A.
    "To the right of the omnimax theater, there is a small snack area."(6 Tips)
    Ryan V.
    "The best museum in Chicago!"(5 Tips)
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  • Trang V.heart icon on user image
    Trang VuongAugust 28, 2016
    This is probably the best museum I've been to. I usually don't like museums, but this museum is pretty fun and interactive. Took a while for me to walk through the whole museum and explore everything.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
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    aApril 20, 2018
    Really amazing experience for all ages, in a super old, beautiful building where the 1893 World Fair was held. The nazi submarine exhibit is amazing and the Tesla coil is awesome.
  • Pavan N.
    Pavan NDecember 27, 2016
    Don't miss the flight simulators on the top floor! And be aware that they can turn a full 360 degrees - can be a surprise if you don't realize that you can literally fly upside down in them.
    Upvoted Jan 31
  • Julia G.
    Julia GJanuary 6, 2013
    Another perk of membership, besides free or discounted parking? The member lounge on the main level offers a quiet, relaxing space for coffee or hot cocoa, plus an array of comfortable couches.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • James C.
    James CAugust 22, 2014
    One of the biggest museums size wise I've ever been to. It was awesome and totally worth it. Make sure to make the toys through out the exhibits. Must see the u boat it's amazing.
  • Edwin V.heart icon on user image
    Edwin ValentiJanuary 8, 2020
    Must-visit when in Chicago. From the outside you might be impressed, but when you get inside you will be flabbergasted. Many themes like German U-boat, Airplanes, forces of nature & much more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Tracey S.heart icon on user image
    Tracey ScottAugust 11, 2017
    My favorite exhibit will always be the dollhouse.The story teller does a great job or narrating the individual rooms and trinkets contained within and without.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    The grounds just south of the museum are a part of Jackson Park's Osaka Japanese Garden, which, like the museum itself, was a part of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition Ho-o-Den complex. Read more
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannAugust 11, 2019
    Unique and eclectic museum with lots of fun things to explore especially with kids - so much to touch and do. Coal mine is hoaky but fun for little ones.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin M. McNally, CMPFebruary 5, 2019
    A great Chicago attraction featuring 35,000 artifacts and exhibits. Check out the large train exhibit, fairy castle or even a recreated coal mine. Your eyes will be wide open and your brain a sponge.
  • Jonathan F.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit the chick hatchery to see the incubated eggs and the freshly-hatched. The interactive exhibits are the best part for immersing yourself, even as an adult.
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YApril 27, 2016
    Be sure to visit when in Chicago - it's well organized and highly engaging, easily days worth of viewing; the U-505 submarine tour is a must visit and worth the extra price of admission
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅March 31, 2018
    Although advertised for adults and kids. This is a museum only for kids. The only good thing for adults is the submarine and its amazing history.
  • Jenny K.heart icon on user image
    Jenny KDecember 23, 2014
    Easily one of the best science museums in the US. Everything is fun, interactive, just super cool. We saw chicks hatch, went through a mirror maze, and controlled the weather!
  • Diana F.
    Diana FriessJune 20, 2019
    Sitting on the grounds of the 1893 World's Fair, kids & adults will enjoy themselves in this science wonderland. Take a whole day to immerse yourself in the exhibits from a submarine to a fairy castle
  • Cameron W.heart icon on user image
    Cameron WAugust 30, 2017
    Fun place for kids and curious adults. Go check out the 1993 national championship UM solar car in the lower level race car section. Pretty neat!
  • 🈴Naumova Zehra 🈲
    One of the main reasons I love this museum is because it is interactive. There is just so much to see and explore because the museum is so huge. Also, they have free demonstrations that are available.
  • Aishwarya S.heart icon on user image
    Aishwarya SharmaApril 8, 2016
    It's a great place for kids. U505, Coal mine are so much fun. Pick 2-3 exhibits for a day. The food court has so many options. Going back again soon.
  • Marco Z.
    Marco ZetaMay 22, 2013
    The best museum visited these days in Chicago and New York. There are a lot of games to make for learn how is working phisics weather and more. It's adapt for children but also for adult. I love it.
  • Dieter K.
    Dieter KieselNovember 13, 2018
    Sitting on the grounds of the 1893 World's Fair, kids and adults will enjoy themselves running around the oversized moving replica of Chicago and a life size tornado that you get to control!
  • Alex A.
    Alex AndersonMarch 11, 2013
    To the right of the omnimax theater, there is a small snack area. It has a ton of outlets of you need to charge a phone or laptop while you rleatnsome ice cream from the vending machines.
  • Shannon L.heart icon on user image
    Shannon LindellJuly 13, 2017
    Everything is fun with lots of hands on learning. Love the mini experiment tables set up all over. I will say that the Robotics room that you have to pay extra for is not well managed.
  • Cameron E.heart icon on user image
    Cameron EvansMarch 29, 2017
    Come here early in the day. There are a lot of tours for exhibits and you want to give yourself time to do them. Also make sure to do the coal mining tour.
  • Amanda 🦄 A.
    Amanda 🦄 AcevedoJanuary 24, 2014
    Parking is pricey but covered and convenient. Coal mine and U505 submarine exhibits are standouts. Idea City great for young kids/infants for interactive displays. Museum improvements are very nice!
  • Carrie P.
    Carrie PApril 21, 2014
    Lots of fun lots to do..... Separate seating around so you can eat snacks and drinks you bring from home. You just can't bring your food in to the food court area and eat.
  • Sherri D.
    Definitely a great experience with your children! Food court is quite high so bringing lunches if you can would be ideal! The staff is super friendly and helpful.....minus one grumpy security guard!
  • Bee N.heart icon on user image
    Bee N.June 14, 2015
    Every single time I'm in Chicago, I try to visit this museum. It's my favorite place to go here; I adore all the exhibits, plus it's totally kid (and family) friendly.
  • Colin D.heart icon on user image
    Colin DuRantJanuary 24, 2017
    Great museum for kids and adults. Tons to see and do. Some of the exhibits are showing their age, but all-in-all it's a good way to spend a day.
  • Corinna P.heart icon on user image
    Corinna PDecember 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything! The trains, the planes, the Storms room, the submarine, the coal mine, the space exhibit, the YOU Experience, the baby chicks, even the food court!
  • Tabatha G.heart icon on user image
    Tabatha GroverSeptember 27, 2014
    The coal mine exhibit is a favorite permanent exhibit along with YOU! The Experience, very interactive. The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archieve exhibit that is there right now is rly cool also!
  • Sharlene W.
    Sharlene WrightJuly 23, 2013
    Easily spend an entire day At this impressive science museum. Enjoyed everything including the coal mine and UBoat exhibits. And just about everything works unlike the Field museum.
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.December 29, 2012
    Great for families. Get tix online for a discount & so you don't have to stand in their long line. Take a discovery class. We took the dissect a cow's eye. Super fun but not for the faint of heart.
  • Dustin H.heart icon on user image
    Dustin HaleyApril 5, 2016
    Awesome time here! The brick by brick exhibit was fantastic. By tickets to limited time exhibits online or it might be sold out.
  • Marcel E.heart icon on user image
    Marcel EJuly 19, 2015
    This is one of my favorite museums I have ever visited. It is very interactive. You will spend the entire day here but it is totally worth it.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    The Great Train Story currently runs 30 trains at a time, more than enough for everyone to create their own unique tale while visiting. Read more
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 23, 2013
    "Yesterday's Main Street" has a Nickelodeon that plays silent movies on a loop. This is a great place for adults to sit and relax for a moment, there are hardly ever any kids at this exhibit.
  • Damon S.heart icon on user image
    Damon SununtnasukJanuary 29, 2017
    Incredible museum. Well curated with a thoughtful flow and amazing exhibits. The U-505 exhibit was the highlight. Allow at least 4 hours
  • Mon B.
    Mon BenMay 1, 2013
    Best museum ever! Genetics room is a must. You have to pay extras for the submarine and coal mine, but I think it's worthy.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GomezAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you grab lunch in the Brain Food Court, sit at a table outside by the escalators so you can enjoy the Tour of Switzerland. It is a large pinball exhibit. Fun to watch.
  • Ricardo L.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo LucianoFebruary 6, 2015
    Must for all the engineers!! Tornado show is simply amazing!! For the show be prepared the D-Day is about 45mins, unless you like history choose the other one!
  • Edwin V.heart icon on user image
    Edwin ValentiJanuary 8, 2020
    Must-visit when in Chicago. From the outside you might be somewhat impressed, but when you get inside you will be flabbergasted. Many themes like German U-boat, Airplanes, forces of nature & much more
  • Tabatha G.heart icon on user image
    Tabatha GroverSeptember 30, 2014
    Got the CityPass & is a great deal! Admission to Shedd's, Adler's or Art Museum, Field Museum, SkyDeck, Museum of Science & Industry or Chicago 360 for $92!! Get quick entry for most also!!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMarch 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My personal favorite museum in Chicago. With over 2,000 exhibits, it is the largest science museum in the western hemisphere. Must visit: the German U-boat, and the model railroad.
  • Stefanie R.
    Stefanie ReevesJune 10, 2013
    If you're active duty military, you and your companion can visit for free! Check out the flight simulator and don't forget to get some ice cream before you leave.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CrumJuly 2, 2017
    I feel like the Museum of Science & Industry could be cool, but I didn't have a good experience personally -- too many kids. Go during the school year, preferably during the school week.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SullivanFebruary 16, 2013
    Beats all other Chi museums. 50% interesting artifacts & knowledge sharing, 50% interactive learning & tinkering. Covers dozen of topics, turning your "spend an afternoon" into "spend the whole day"
  • Yvonne H.
    Yvonne HortilloJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pack a lunch and allow for breaks in between! There's plenty of spots to charge your gadgets. ;-) The coolest museum!
  • Laurie E.heart icon on user image
    Laurie ErlJanuary 20, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    U505 is always good. I really like the fairy castle. The chicks are always fun when they hatch.
  • Kevin D.heart icon on user image
    Kevin DulinAugust 11, 2014
    Get tickets for the Coal Mine as it's super cool! But be quick, as it sells out early. The Boeing 727 is also very awesome.
  • Ian R.
    Ian RodriguezApril 25, 2012
    Allocate enough time to see everything that you want to. There's a lot of awesomeness to be seen, so make sure you can see as much of it as possible. Might need to take the whole day!
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