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.
Our family of 6 (Dad, Mom, 16 yr boy, 13 yr girl, 7 yr boy, 4 yr girl) enjoyed this museum so much! We came to Chicago for weekend and knew we would only have a set time for seeing everything. Well, we were in museum for 3 1/2 hr and did not come close to seeing everything! We are planning to come back in the fall and go to the exhibits we didn't see this time.
This museum has alot of offer and held everyone's interest.
Dad liked the value. Only $58.00 admission price for family of 6 and $12.00 parking fee.
OH MY WORD!!!! We were so impressed with the Museum of Science and Industry's CSI Experience experience, as well as the muesum, overall.
In the CSI Experience, you actually get to solve a murder!! It's very interactive and you even get to make your own fingerprint and figure out what kind of fingerprint you have - as if I even knew there were different types. My 15-year-old daughter, who's very interested in going into this field of work, was totally blown away by the how experience. It may have sealed her decision about this being her future career.
We also got to see "up close and personal" cloned mice and watch baby chicks actually hatching.
Be sure to give yourself PLENTY of time to do and see everything. We were there right when it opened and left around 1 p.m. and still didn't see everyting.
Also, be sure to get your Go Chicago cards before you go. They make a big difference in your admission costs since the general admission for this museum is part of the attractions covered by the card. Go Chicago cards are well worth it.
Not a bad place, though not as exciting as anticipated. Our field trip of 4th & 5th graders had to rush, too, so we missed some of the stuff (maybe something really cool?). I liked the submarine the best, but didn't have time or extra money to go inside it.
The food court was not very good. The hot food was cold during a peak lunch time when it should have been "fresh."
Not what I would call a MUST SEE place, but overall a cool experience if time permits.
The Museum of Science and Industry is every gearhead's dream. Many one of a kind items with historical significance, such as the Heritage Silver Streak train, make this destination a must. I have to say that this is the most interesting, magnificent place that I have ever visited nor would expect to visit. My own city of Charlotte has some wonderful museums, but none can hope to compare to the artifacts found at this Chicago jewel. I hope that I can visit it again with enough time to savour the many exhibits if offers.
C. M. Creech, Jr.
I would have to say that the actual Museum of Science and industry is pathetic at best. Sure the U-505 sub is worthwhile, the OmniMaxx is worthwhile, train layout and coal mine. The human body samples are unique, but after that what else is there. Its an empty hall of nothing. Where is the industry?? Where is the real Scientific discovery. Don't waste your time. If you want to see industry, go to the Henry Ford. Its tons better and even though it is not intended to be a museum of science, there is more science there than at the the MS&I. Of all the down town museums, this is the only one that is disappointing. The Art museum, the Shedd, the Field Museum, all have real artifacts and investment in their true purpose. The Museum of Science and industry is comparatively a joke. Something like what I would expect in a small town, rather than Chicago.
I had 1 day to spend downtown Chicago and decided to go visit the new exhibit Body Worlds at the M. of S. and I. and it was awesome!! I decided to go on a day when general admission was free, so I was only out 18 bucks to see Body Worlds. Yes, you do have to pay extra to see the special exhibits, but if you go on a free day it isn't as pricey. I spent 4 hours here, and of that time 2 hours was in the Body Worlds exhibit. It was great, and I recommend it to anyone. It was so odd to stand there and look at the insides of someone who use to be an actual breathing, living person. The bodies are anatomically correct, so this could be something that could hinder you taking your children too. There is also a lady who had donated her body to the process of "plastination" and she was several months pregnant, so you do view her with child in womb. Its really fasinating, probably contraversial to some, but overall I really enjoyed the new exhibit. The rest of the museum was great, it has hundreds of things for kids to do hands on. There were many kids there on a field trip the day I visited, and they were so excited!! It was great to see. If you have kids, plan to spend most of the day there. If you go alone or with another adult, it wouldn't take you nearly as long to go through the place since many things are for kids. Hope this helps!!
I came to Chicago mainly to visit the Body Worlds exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. First of all, when you buy your tickets, they give you a show time. They send a big group of people in at each show time. But they don't make the people from previous show times leave. Everyone exits at their convenience, which means it's really crowded.
I was really disappointed in how many people they let in at one time. I couldn't get up close to any of the bodies to see them. The lines from exhibit to exhibit were horrible. I felt cheated and rushed.
This place is great. Although i dont have any kids its still one of my fav's to do while in Chi town. The only downside if i was forced to find fault would be the long lines that happen on certian days.
I love this place it really does have something for everyone. I usually go with my four children that range in age from 2-12 and they all enjoy going there immensely.The prices for admission are very reasonable especially for Chicago and not being a resident. Plan on spending the whole day here there is a million things to do and see. Enjoy!
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