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Museum of Science and Industry

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

Imagine seeing a baby chick hatch, the real Apollo 8 capsule, your face age 40 years or the blood run through your veins. This exciting, interactive visit also includes a cinematic adventure in the museum's five-story Omnimax Theater.
  • Adult gate price $27.00
  • Child gate price $18.00
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Since opening its doors in 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry has been delighting and amazing visitors from around the world. Some of the many draws 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 the 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 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, a model for an inflatable Moon base, among others exhibits and interactive displays.

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 are an "Enigma" machine used for coded communication between the sub and it 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.

Chicago has so many sights and things to do, but the Museum of Science and Industry is among the must-sees and has long been one of the main draws for visitors and locals alike.

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 4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 6 customer ratings)
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Got our moneys worth
By Wildbill Verified Reviewer from Fort Mitchell, Kentucky on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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

We enjoy this exhibit very much and will return again in the future to view some of that which we missed. The submarine was great and the old trains were my favorite.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Great place to spend the day
By MC Verified Reviewer from Minneapolis, MN on
Pros:
Great Animal Bodyworks, Great Wwii Sub Exhibit
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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[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

Fantastic Museum
By Sunshine Verified Reviewer from Des Moines, Iowa on
Pros:
U505 Tour, Interactive, Big, fun, Educational
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]

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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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Great for the whole family!
By dorko135 Verified Reviewer from San Antonio, TX on
Pros:
Hands On, Informational, Great Shows, Great variety of exhibits, Didn't wait in line, Lots to do, Great exhibits
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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[6 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

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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Museum of Science and Industry Details

Phone: (773) 684-1414
Address
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
Hours
Daily, 9:30 am-4:00 pm.
Extended hours during spring break, summer, and holidays.
Note

The MSI will be running a special exhibit, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, from October 16, 2013-August 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.

Closings
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
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.
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.

Admission and Offer Information

Please present your Go Select Pass to any ticket taker. They will validate it, return it to you, and let you in. The Go Select Pass includes general admission and one free Omnimax Film.

Note: The Go Select Pass is accepted until 3:30 pm. The Museum closes at 4:00 pm.

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