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Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, IL

Museums, Science and technology Hyde Park
5 out of 5 stars
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Museum of Science and Industry
Photograph: J.B. Spector
Museum of Science and Industry
Photograph: J.B. Spector
Museum of Science and Industry
Photograph: J.B. Spector
Museum of Science and Industry
Photograph: J.B. Spector

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Everything you need to know about visiting the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637).

Interactivity is the name of the game at the Museum of Science and Industry, which spreads its exhibitions throughout a building that was originally built for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Visitors can enter a confounding mirror maze in the "Numbers in Nature" exhibit, step into a simulated tornado in "Science Storms” or see a gigantic, restored U-505 German submarine. There’s also the five-story Giant Dome Theater, where you can kick back and immerse yourself in a handful of larger-than-life-movies.

Get on board the submarine

Any visitor can walk around outside of the U-505 German submarine that’s contained within the Museum of Science and Industry, but if you want to actually go inside, there’s an on-board tour available daily. The 25-minute tour is a $12 add-on to your museum ticket, and includes a guided walk through the sub’s cramped interior, complete with lighting and sound effects, allowing you to imagine that you’re manning the torpedoes during World War II. 

Take a walk down Main Street

If you’re looking for the ultimate, kitschy time traveling experience, step into the museum’s “Yesterday’s Main Street’ exhibit, which recreates a Chicago street circa 1910. You’ll walk down cobblestone streets and peer into replicas of a Berghoff’s restaurant, the Chicago Post Office and the Walgreen’s Drug Company. There are silent movies playing at the Nickelodeon and an opportunity to get a vintage photo at the Old Time Photo Studio as a souvenir.

Our Chicago editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of Chicago at your fingertips. The Museum of Science and Industry was most recently updated with new tips on July 2, 2017.



Address: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr
Cross street: at 57th St
Transport: Bus: 6, 15, 28, 55. Train: Metra Electric or South Shore Line to 55th, 56th and 57th Street.
Price: $21.95 adults, kids ages 3–11 $12.95. $2 discount available when tickets are purchased online.
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am–4pm. See website for extended seasonal hours.
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One of my favorite places to come as a kid and now as an adult, it's a different but still a great experience. One of the best ways to experience the museum is when they have night time events for adults only. This way, you can venture through the museum without accidentally stepping on a running child AND you can usually drink with friends. The special exhibits have yet to disappoint. Gorgeous museum. 


Really enjoyed coming to this museum as a kid and still do now. I love bringing my little brother and sister here. Such a great place to learn and have interactive fun. 


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.

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


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.