This museum makes science fun with interactive, educational exhibits that stretch the imagination. Spend time in a 13-foot ... More
Museum of Science and Industry
This museum makes science fun with interactive, educational exhibits that stretch the imagination. Spend time in a 13-foot heart as you learn about how yours works. Find out how technology has influenced history by stepping back in time on "Yesterday's Main Street." Watch action-packed films in the museum's giant-screen Omnimax Theatre or take a ride down a coal mine. And don't leave without picking up some great souvenirs at The Big Idea museum shop. Omnimax requires additional fee. Parking available in underground garage.
Normally I am an extremely optomistic person, and enjoy machinery and science more that the average person. However this January 3, 2009 trip was horrible.
The museum is geared towards a 10 year old, no adult activities at all. The science content is not interesting.
We tried to make a toy at the toymaker display that costs $5, but the only change machine was broke. So if you did not have five ones, 20 quarters, or a 5 dollar bill your could not allow your child to even interact with a MAJOR section of the museum. So to break a $20, we asked the staff, who said come back in maybe an hour. As an alternative, we went to the different vendors (ice cream, xmas decoration outlet), and neither would give change without a purchase. Never a smile either! Very rude!
Next, there was not a single water fountain working in the building (to include the water fountain taste test for purified water!) We literally tried over 10 fountains all over, and none worked. We were forced to buy water bottles for the kids, which they could not take outside the vending area. So the kids were hot and thirsty after being there for a few hours!
Many of the interactive items were inoperative. I would seriously estimate 1 out of 4 were broken! Very disturbing, considering that is their mainstay! The networld, (supposed to be high tech and cool), more than half would not register the special pass we bought for another $1. Just another example of a nickel and dime ripoff. (Visit the St. Louis, Mo Science Center which is free, and always works if you want better interactive fun!).
The dining area and all the restrooms were filthy. They pride themselves on having waterless toilets, but it was so gross, I thought they used waterless mops. Never stood in more urine to visit a bathroom ever. So bad I was shocked!
If an adult wants to visit, I recommend you do not. If you have young kids, you will spend your time explaining how the exhibit is supposed to work, than actually doing something.
I do not recommend this attraction to anyone unless you wish to Wast $22 a person!
This was an amazing experience! A combination of the hands-on activities for the kids and pretty neat facts for the adults and everything in between made it one of the best museum trips I had in my life! A must-see for Chicago visitors!
I totally like this museum. It's educational trip to people at all age. The public transport is available, ,multiple topics for all age, cafeteria with variety of food choice within reasonable price range. It is the must to see place for 1st timer at Chicago.
Allow enough time to see this place !!! You could spend the entire day here. The displays are awesome. There are eating facilities on the premesis, so there's no reason to leave.
The bus line drops you off at the front door.
We have a membership to The Museum of Science and Industry. They have a lot of really neat things and as a homeschool family it benefits us with hands on information.
The workers though, are very rude. There doesn't seem to be any training on being "nice" to our patrons. When they had the Star Wars thing, we bought tickets and we assumed we woud need to be in line about five minutes before our time. So whe we got to the area they yelled at us for coming to early. So we walked around a little as more people began to show up and they continued to yell at everyone for being "in the area". We were not even allowed to stand there and wait.
When it comes closing time you better be ready to leave. You would think they are conucting a fire drill. Twice we happened to be in the kid's play area when they announced that it was time to close. One of my older children were on the other side of the wall river and was walking back to find us and the worker grabbed my child in front of me and yelled at her to get out and not to walk back that way. I have never felt more pushed to "Get out" before.
Because fo the aweful customer service I will not be purchasing another membership there. Everytime we leave we are always upset by how we are treated at closing time.
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