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Hours:
9.30am -5.30pm

When to Go:
Open every day apart from December 25, the Museum of Science and Industry is great to visit all year round

Age Restriction:
n/a

Important Information:
Although general admission tickets range from $10 - $15, expect to pay more to see certain exhibits at this Science Museum Chicago.

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

Quick Facts

  • This historic museum was opened in 1933
  • The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere
  • This Science Museum hosts a wide variety of exhibitions and programs

Address:
5700 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60637
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User Average Review

Overall:
4.5
Location:
3
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

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Tour Review : Chicago Museum of Science and Industry


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.35
Location:
3
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Chicago Science Museum - Best Museum Ever!

This truly is the coolest museum I’ve ever been to in my life! I’m a grown adult. I went by myself without any kids and I still had a blast! I went on a Tuesday, so it wasn’t very crowded which may have helped. I’m sure the weekends are out of control with children running around.

But this place really has a lot to offer. I was there for three hours and didn’t have nearly enough time to see everything, so definitely make a whole day of it. You can touch everything, move things and play around with different scientific phenomenons. There’s a life size tornado constantly spinning in the middle of the building. What’s not to love about that?

There are demonstrations by the staff all the time here. The tornado demonstration and the lightning demonstration are well worth paying attention to.

One of the coolest parts of the museum was the hatchery. There is an egg hatchery where baby chicks continuously hatch out of their eggs all day. If you’ve never seen an actual egg hatch before, it’s quite a sight. The beak starts pecking itself out and it eventually crawls out. Very interesting to see. I could have just stayed at that part all day.

Take a tour of the mine shaft. It’s free and it takes about 30 minutes. That was one of the coolest parts of the museum too. My tour guide was great! It makes you feel like you’re really in a mine shaft and you’ll learn a lot!

The downsides: It's located farther south then the rest of the Chicago attractions, so you'll probably have to take a cab to get there. Also, the museum itself can be a little hard to navigate. I found myself constantly backtracking to things I missed.

But I highly recommend the Museum of Science and Industry for everyone! It’s great for kids and adults alike. In my opinion, museums can tend to be boring sometimes. Just staring at one piece of art, looking for a minute and then going to the next. But this is different. I’ve never seen so many adults stopping at everything and playing with all the different simulators. Well worth the price of admission!

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Ticket Pricing

  • Adult Price
    $15.00
  • Child Price
    $10.00
  • Senior Price
    $14.00

Summary

Features: 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, the Museum of Science and Industry is a must-see Chicago attraction. 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!

It’s fun and interactive! This Science Museum Chicago has a legacy of being one of the first hands-on museums in the nation. It’s not a place where you walk around quietly and observe; get involved in the fun and learn by doing. See your blood running through your veins, dive and surface a submarine or create an avalanche at this interactive Chicago museum!

Why We Go: This top Chicago attraction is educational and fun for the whole family. One of the largest science museums in the world, the Science Museum Chicago has a diverse and fascinating collection of artifacts and interactive exhibitions.

  • Family Friendly: This museum is great for entertaining the entire family, with interactive exhibitions that transcend generations, including a submarine and the Apollo 8 spacecraft.
  • Educational: Learn about the intriguing history of science and industry at this favorite Chicago museum.
  • Diverse: The Chicago Museum of Science has over 2,000 exhibits showcased in 75 halls.

Inside Knowledge: There are many free general admission days offered at the Chicago Museum of Science for residents of Illinois. In fact, weekdays in January and September are free for all residents. Check their Web site for more details. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Stay for Lunch: Enjoy the wide variety of eating options available at the "Brain Food Court."
  • Do Stay a While: This is a museum of epic proportions, so make the most of it and stay a while at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago.
  • Don't Forget the Kids: This Chicago museum is perfect for children with many exhibits designed specifically for their entertainment
  • Don't Ignore the Building: The building that houses the Chicago Museum of Science is a work of art in itself. Housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1983 World's Columbian Exposition, the architecture is truly breathtaking. 

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Tour Review : Chicago Museum of Science and Industry


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.35
Location:
3
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Chicago Science Museum - Best Museum Ever!

This truly is the coolest museum I’ve ever been to in my life! I’m a grown adult. I went by myself without any kids and I still had a blast! I went on a Tuesday, so it wasn’t very crowded which may have helped. I’m sure the weekends are out of control with children running around.

But this place really has a lot to offer. I was there for three hours and didn’t have nearly enough time to see everything, so definitely make a whole day of it. You can touch everything, move things and play around with different scientific phenomenons. There’s a life size tornado constantly spinning in the middle of the building. What’s not to love about that?

There are demonstrations by the staff all the time here. The tornado demonstration and the lightning demonstration are well worth paying attention to.

One of the coolest parts of the museum was the hatchery. There is an egg hatchery where baby chicks continuously hatch out of their eggs all day. If you’ve never seen an actual egg hatch before, it’s quite a sight. The beak starts pecking itself out and it eventually crawls out. Very interesting to see. I could have just stayed at that part all day.

Take a tour of the mine shaft. It’s free and it takes about 30 minutes. That was one of the coolest parts of the museum too. My tour guide was great! It makes you feel like you’re really in a mine shaft and you’ll learn a lot!

The downsides: It's located farther south then the rest of the Chicago attractions, so you'll probably have to take a cab to get there. Also, the museum itself can be a little hard to navigate. I found myself constantly backtracking to things I missed.

But I highly recommend the Museum of Science and Industry for everyone! It’s great for kids and adults alike. In my opinion, museums can tend to be boring sometimes. Just staring at one piece of art, looking for a minute and then going to the next. But this is different. I’ve never seen so many adults stopping at everything and playing with all the different simulators. Well worth the price of admission!