Museum of Science and Industry
About the Museum
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.
Our kids (6 & 4) love this place. They are always asking to go there. It was great to see the reopened space exhibit. As a member it's awesome to get to go to the member's lounge. They have a good selection of rotating exhibits. The most recent robots self-guided exhibit was a lot of fun. We speedy love seeing if we will get to watch a baby chicken hatch in the incubator. They is also a great hands on area for kids off all ages with dry and water play zones. It's a little pricey, but one of the best child friendly science museums I've ever been to.
Favorite museum, love this place. There's an actual German U-boat and so much more. My kids like the old fashioned street with a movie parlor and ice cream shop. The coal mine and the model train are also big hits (see if you can find bears attacking boy scouts in a cave, or Hulk, or the body floating in the river). Well worth a visit if you have the least bit of curiosity.
A really excellent museum. It's enormous and more than we could see during the one day we had. The exhibits make good use of the space and are engaging. Our favorites were the math in nature and weather science (Tesla coil!) exhibits. I would have liked to learned more about the history of the Museum. Parking in the garage was easy and convenient but expensive. The food court offered a nice variety and decent quality but, also, fairly expensive. Bathrooms were plenty and clean.
We had a wonderful time here. We arrived around 11am and left around 330 and found we had time for most all the museum attractions. We purchased the additional submarine U-505 tour experience which my girlfriend and I both found very interesting. My only advice is that if you plan to do the U-505 tour to allow about 20 minutes before you're tour to watch the film's shown in the rooms leading up to the submarine room.
Love that a museum like this is accessible to people of Chicago. Huge amount of hands on exhibits, and lots of interesting information. I think MSI is really great at making the subject matter accessible, through easily understandable examples. Make sure to check out the Tesla coil on the ceiling that fires every 30 minutes or so. Just a top notch facility all around. I'd recommend paying the full price admission and coming on a non free day, just to have fewer crowds and to be able to look around on your own pace.