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Museum of Science and Industry

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Museum of Science and Industry

Recently named one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor!

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, this museum is a Chicago must-see!

At the Museum of Science and Industry, 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, and take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel! You can descend into an Illinois coal mine, tour a fully functioning eco-friendly home, board a 727 hanging from the ceiling, and transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart!

The Museum of Science and Industry is not a place where you walk around quietly and observe. You will actively get involved in the fun - and learn by doing. Plus, included with your Go Chicago Card is a free Omnimax film! Don't miss an eye-opening cinematic adventure in Chicago's only five-story, domed, wrap-around theater.

Hours

Daily, 9:30 am-4:00 pm.
Extended hours during spring break, summer, and holidays.

Closings

Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Redemption Instructions

For express entry and to redeem your card please proceed to the Will Call desk in the Museum’s Entry Hall. The Go Chicago Card is accepted until 3:30 pm, as the museum closes at 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. During all other times, standard admission will apply. All information subject to change and availability.

Note

The MSI will be running a special exhibit, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, from October 16, 2013-May 4, 2014. This exhibit is NOT included with your admission. The pricing is $9 for adults and $7 for children.
Tickets to the U-505 on-board tour must be purchased separately for full price of $8.00 for adults. Select special exhibits may require an additional timed-entry ticket be purchased. All subject to availability.
Parking in the Museum’s convenient underground garage is $20.

Included Extra(s)

Express entry into Museum. Receive 50% off of any additional Omnimax films.

Address

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
60637

Driving Directions

From the north: Head south on Lake Shore Drive and turn right onto 57th Street. Get in the left lane and follow 57th Street around to the Museum's west side. Turn left to enter the Museum's underground garage.

From the south: Via I-94: Take I-94 West to the Garfield Boulevard exit (exit 57). From the exit ramp, turn right and continue east on Garfield/55th for approximately one mile into the entrance of Washington Park. Bear right onto Morgan Drive for a half-mile, and bear right again onto Payne Drive for about a third of a mile, then turn left on Midway Plaisance. Continue east on Midway Plaisance for about a mile until it ends at Cornell Avenue, then turn left. You will see the Museum ahead on your right. Turn right at the 57th Street stoplight to enter our underground parking garage.

Public Transportation

Take CTA: Metra trains stop at the 57th Street station, just two blocks from the Museum’s north entrance. Buses #2, #6, #10, or #28 also have convenient stops two blocks away from the Museum.

Since opening its doors in 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry has been delighting and amazing visitors from around the world. One of the many highlights include All Aboard the Silver Streak, which lets you go back in time to the golden age of rail travel as a passenger on the Pioneer Zephyr.

A 20-minute guided tour (included in your admission) lets you explore the baggage, smoking, passenger and observation compartments of this gleaming silver train. You can also view the engineer’s cab, supplemented by a computer interactive that allows you to "drive" the Pioneer Zephyr. The exhibit also features newsreel footage that will take you back to 1934.

Or put yourself at sea with a U.S. Navy Carrier battle group in Navy: Technology at Sea. This exhibit provides an overview of the Navy’s 200-year history, as well as letting you experience what it’s like aboard real Navy ships, including the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, the destroyer USS Arleigh Burke, and the submarine USS Chicago.

The Transportation Gallery at the Museum of Science and Industry has a variety of vehicles, including:

  • A balloon gondola used in an attempt to break the world altitude record in 1933
  • The Spirit of America which held the land speed record in the 1960’s,
  • One of only two surviving Junkers JU-87 Stukas in the world (displayed with a British Spitfire in hot pursuit)
  • A Boeing 727 filled with interactive exhibits,

From rockets, to shuttles, to satellites, rovers and probes, the Henry Crown Space Center covers it all in a recently renovated exhibit space that offers an expanded and interactive exploration of the space program.

Go from the early years of the Space Race to the present (and beyond). Learn how the lunar landing almost failed, try to “dock” at the International Space Station, and remote control your own Mars Rover. Favorite artifacts include the Apollo 8 spacecraft, the Apollo 11 training mock-up, and a model for an inflatable Moon base.

And of course there is the U-505: an actual, complete, WWII German U-Boat that was captured by the US Navy on June 4, 1944 after a daring boarding. Among the many artifacts from the U-Boat is an "Enigma" machine used for coded communication between the sub and its base, as well as personal items from the U-Boat and from the men who captured her.

Completely refurbished and relocated inside in a special space, the U-505 is one of the highlights of the museum. A 15 minute guided on-board tour of the submarine is available for $8 per person for adults and seniors, $6 for children ages 3-11.

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 4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 5 customer ratings)
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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

5
Great place to spend the day
By MC Verified Reviewer from Minneapolis, MN on
Pros:
Great Wwii Sub Exhibit, Great Animal Bodyworks
Cons:
Confusing Layout,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science and Industry Plus Omnimax:

Good museum guides, especially through the WWII sub exhibit. Wonderful visual exhibit with multi- media components. food was ok. Bus service to museum was easy to use and direct.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

5
Fantastic Museum
By Sunshine Verified Reviewer from Des Moines, Iowa on
Pros:
U505 Tour, Big, Educational, fun, Interactive
Cons:
Busy, Lots of Kids,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science and Industry Plus Omnimax:

The pass made entry into the museum quick and painless. We went very early and had a ton of fun. There are so many interactive things to do in this museum. It was worth the extra money to get to see the inside of the U505. Our tour guide was amazing and really knew her stuff. We loved the museum. The omnimax, which was included in the pass, was very cool. We saw the Rocky Mountain Express which was very entertaining and informative.

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

4
Rushed thru Smart Home tour
By rsmith42330 from Central City KY on
Cons:
Rushed thru Smart Home,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science and Industry Plus Omnimax:

Only disappointment was we paid for the Smart Home tour and was literally rushed thru the tour. We went thru the tour at 4:30 and felt like the guide was in too big of a hurry to get the tour done for the day.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

5
Great for the whole family!
By dorko135 Verified Reviewer from San Antonio, TX on
Pros:
Great variety of exhibits, Didn't wait in line, Lots to do, Informational, Great Shows, Great exhibits, Hands On
Cons:
Almost too much to see,
Best Uses:
Hands on family learning,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science and Industry Plus Omnimax:

There was so much to see, and just not enough time! LOTS of exhibits and hands on activities for everyone.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

5
Great place to visit - again a must
By Lawrence Verified Reviewer from Manchester England on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science and Industry Plus Omnimax:

I have said in the reviews I have left that all the visits to the venues are great and this is no exception, the submarine was fantastic but unfortunately we could not get on board to see inside because we arrived late afternoon so I would advise people to get there early( like all the venues on any of your tours !!)

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  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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At a Glance

Address

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
60637

Phone: (773) 684-1414

Website: Museum of Science and Industry

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