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.
frist let me say that im ambreyle and i loved the museum its not them best that iv been too but its a cool way for kids to learn about the history and a lot other things that my favorite part was the sapce center and the boatwhere the germans fought its was excellent i loved it very much to lean so thank you for leting me be there i really enjoyed learing new things it was my very frist time going there it was an fanitc trip so thanks very munch
I will be 55 next month and grew up in Indianapolis, home of the world famous Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Even with that fine museum so close, we made regular trips here with my family, as well as school bus field trips. I always loved going to the Museum of Science and Industry, and even though I moved west in 1976, I have made several trips back through the years and always loved the museum. This year I made the decision to take my eleven year old son back to Chicago. Among other things, we really looked forward to the Museum of Science and Industry; as usual, I spent the last three months telling him how much he would love the museum. Today we went, just after attending the House of Blues Brunch (another review, but don't miss that!). Unfortunately, when we arrived at the museum, EVERYTHING we wanted to see was already sold-out! I mean, no Millennium Falcon, no Star Wars film, no U-505 tour...all the stuff we looked forward to for the last three months. Imagine my son's disappointment as we went from exhibit to exhibit, only to see the "sold out for today" sign again and again. To the museum's credit, they did give us free admission to the bugs 3-D movie because everything was sold out so early. And we are talking mid-day, day-before-New-Year's-day, while a Bear's game was going on! Also, to my son's credit, he still saw how good the museum was even with the problems we had. Those exhibits we saw were typical Museum of Science and Industry-great, but there were also a noticeable number of exhibits that didn't work, for various reasons. I found this season's map inadequate, as well. There were a number of exhibits that we had difficulty finding with the map, and only found them after blundering into them while walking through the museum. I have always loved telling everyone what a wonderful museum this is and will chalk this one visit up as an anomaly; I just hope the next time I visit, they will have fixed these annoyances. In the meantime, as long as you are in the Midwest, don't hesitate to take a 165 mile well-worth-it side trip down to Indianapolis and see the five story Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which I've seen grow from a trio of small brick buildings at the corner of 30th street and Meridian to a several hundred thousand square foot museum full of exhibits that will enthrall the children in all of us...adults included! But I won't give up on the Museum of Science and Industry just yet. I just hope they bring it back up to standard.
I LOVED THE PLACE BECAUSE I GOT TO LEARN ABOUT EVERY THING! BUT,I DIN'T GET TO LEARN ABOUT SPACE BECAUSE THAT PART WAS CLOSED.IT WAS SO BIG ME AND MY FAMILY COULD NOT LOOK AT IT IN ONE DAY.WE WILL BECOMING BACK IN 2008.WE HAD ALOT OF FUN THEIR. CAN'T WHAT TO COME BACK.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i went when i was about 15, and again at age 23. its always a blast, how can you not lkike it there? theres so much cool stuff to see. my favorite is the himan body shaved into slices on display, wierd!!!
My wife and I went through the Museume and I
we took a short tour through the Sub 505 I was really how wonderful this exhibit was. The guided 17 minute tour was well worth the GO card expense. I know with all the things remaining that we didn't seen we will return again. The location off of Lake Michigan was wonderful and that mass transit sytem worked wonderful to go to and from the downtown area. I would highly recommend that museume to all my friends and neighbors as must see place to visit.
I wish I could get those 5 hours of my life back. Hands-on displays were not operational. Most of the exhibits seemed to be geared to elementary school children rather than for all age groups. If ratings had indicated a 3 star level, I don't think I would have been so disappointed. There is no way this museum ranks a 4.5 rating. I've been to many museums that are far superior to this one.
On my first vist to the museum in decades, I was disappointed in such a way that one might be in seeing Disneyland for the first time as an adult, and having it not be as magical as it once seemed to be as a child.
The newer exhibits to me were mostly fluff (lots of wasted floor space), marketing (CSI), and Chucky Cheese like entertainment for the kiddies; and less substance, learning experience, and information for those that might be there to actually learn something. The older exhibits were frequently outdated and/or in a sad state of disrepair.
While the parking situation was very convenient, and dare I even say, pleasant - I must admit that I missed the climb up the steps to the majestic front entrance.
If you haven't been there before, by all means go and check it out, but for me it turned out to be a bittersweet experience. I expected more from a museum of it's reputation and history.
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