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.
I was thrilled to actually stand inside an authentic U-Boat captured in WWII (U-505). This is a terrific guided tour that is well-worth the extra charge! The exhibit is extremely well done and accompanied by an excellent moderator/docent guiding the tour. Although questions are not allowed during the tour through the boat, be sure to take advantage of the guide's knowledge after the tour (they remain available for questions/conversation at the end). Of course the rest of the Museum is phenomenal, too. Much of it is geared for kids (and adults that are willing to admit that they don't know everything). What a great way to spend a day getting your brain stretched back into shape. Loved every minute of it.
So much fun. See Paper Bridge that held up 14 bags. Design by Jingling with additional help ideas from other attempts and understanding. Notice breaking of the unwritten rules by putting triangular support under. Improved design held up 22 bags. Now my son 13y stepped in and loaded up last design up to 39 bags. The 40 bag lost balance of pile of bags and all collapsed. See pictures.
There are so many really cool things to see here! I could literally spend half a day here and still possibly not see everything! There are so many really cool demonstrations going on throughout the day! I personally really liked the U-boat, the tornado simulator, the mirror maze, and a few other little things. I definitely recommend that if your in Chicago you should definitely stop here!
I've been here twice over the past two years and have felt amazed both times. The second and third floors has always been my favorite, i love the genetics and body exhibits. It's a very hands-on place and very informative. Can't wait to come back!
I can't even begin to know the way to describe how amazing this place is. From Brick by Brick to the 727, everything about the place was wonderful. I only wish we had more than one day so we could have covered more of the museum. I highly recommend making sure you do the U-505 and check out the Fairy Castle. Jake was an awesome guide for the U-boat, and the amount of detail in the fairy castle is astounding. But there isn't really a spot where you can go wrong.