Museum of Science and Industry

Museums, Science and technology Hyde Park
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Museum of Science and Industry
Photograph: J.B. Spector

If you’re into exhibits loaded with interactive bells and whistles, this expansive Hyde Park locale is your ticket. The museum’s focus is broad, with permanent displays that include the popular mirror maze in the "Numbers in Nature" exhibit, the whiz-bang "Science Storms," plus the old faves: a restored U-505 German submarine, a simulated coal mine and a vintage diesel-electric train. The museum also boasts a five-story Giant Dome Theater outfitted with a new, state-of-the-art projection system. After you make your way through the sprawling museum, kick back and immerse yourself in a handful of larger-than-life-movies at the theater.


Venue name: Museum of Science and Industry
Address: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr
Cross street: at 57th St
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am–4pm. See website for extended seasonal hours.
Transport: Bus: 6, 15, 28, 55. Train: Metra Electric or South Shore Line to 55th, 56th and 57th Street.
Price: $15–$18, seniors $14–$17, kids ages 3–11 $10–$11, kids 2 and under free.
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Corie R

I always enjoy museums that encourage you to touch and play, even as an adult. MSI is educational, fun and interactive. My only problem is I don't visit enough. Not only is the museum full of great galleries and exhibitions, the building itself and the surrounding grounds are some of the last surviving reminants of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition. Great for kids, adults, science lovers and history buffs, don't let its somewhat out of the way location keep you from visiting.

Peter G

I've been coming here since I was a kid in the science club! It is still as interesting as an adult!

Madeline N

Its hard to pick my favorite Museum in Chicago as their are so many great ones, but the Museum of Science and Industry is one of my favorites. Their interactive shows make it fun for kids and adults alike, and they always have interesting displays. I LOVED getting to walk around the submarine as a kid (and am not ashamed to admit that I still do!)


I have been to this museum several times and I love it because it is both educational for adults and there are so many things for children to do there as well.