Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Indulge your passion for the scientific world at Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. The complex boasts more than 800 exhibits--many of them interactive--representing diverse subjects, such as energy, environment, transportation, and space. Travel under the earth into the museum's exact replica of a 1933 Illinois coal mine, or head to the transportation wing to view a World War II German U-505 submarine and a replica of the first plane used by the Wright Brothers. Don’t miss the Apollo 8 aircraft that carried the first humans to orbit the moon and a retired United 727. Ask at the entrance about the always-fascinating temporary exhibits (additional fee). Check online in advance for a CityPass or Go Chicago card, each offering discounts for several other Chicago attractions, including this one. Popular tours sell out, so consider buying tickets in advance. Using our online itinerary creator, Chicago attractions like Museum of Science and Industry can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The museum is great but the people that work at the food courts and ticket place were just horrible, completely not friendly and angry to me and my family. We could just tell that was because we’re... 
    The museum is great but the people that work at the food courts and ticket place were just horrible, completely not friendly and angry to me and my family. We could just tell that was because we’re...  more »
  • I was there years a go and I REALY enjoy the the experience. This time I could not believe how much they NICKEL AND DIME you to DEATH 21.95$at the door+12.oo submarine+12.oo for coal mine +15.00... 
    I was there years a go and I REALY enjoy the the experience. This time I could not believe how much they NICKEL AND DIME you to DEATH 21.95$at the door+12.oo submarine+12.oo for coal mine +15.00...  more »
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  • Plan for a whole day at least the first time you go. With all the interactive exhibits the whole family can enjoy. I liked the I spy windows. My oldest liked the energy of the future display with the flash window. My middle child liked the farming equipment and setting how they worked. My youngest liked the circus area with the fun mirrors and the imagination workshop. We all had so much fun that it was hard to think of our favorite things.
  • My five y/o son and I enjoyed our visit. They did a TERRIFIC job updating the Zephyr. Tons of interesting info added and cool touches like food menus in the buffet car and model produce and other items in cargo crates. Also, the Zephyr seating gives a very realistic feel to the whole experience. We otherwise enjoyed the usual exhibits, my son can never get enough of this place. Always something new to learn.

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