Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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    Museum of Science and Industry

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    I remember visiting the Smithsonian as a child and being fascinated by the displays and exhibits, and that's part of what compelled me to make the trip over to this museum. This is not one of the "big 3" on the Museum Campus. It is about 20 minutes south of downtown in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The museum was not my favorite of the ones I visited. I felt that it is geared more towards kids, but there were a few sections that I found particularly interesting.

    The aviation section, with the United Airlines plane and flight simulator, is worth a visit, as was the section on agriculture and farming. As I said above, many of the science exhibits are geared more towards kids, but it can be interesting browsing for anyone who wants to learn about atoms and electricity and things like that. One of the most advertised exhibits is the display of the human body, which includes slices of tissue and organs. This part made me a little queasy, but many people seemed to enjoy the hands on exhibits found here. There are a couple of movies here as well, which I unfortunately did not have time for.

    A visit here can be either brief or lengthy, depending on how much learning you want to do. Keep in mind if you're staying in downtown that its a fairly long trip to this area and back. But this museum is also part of the Citipass collection of museums that you can visit for one lower price, should that matter at all.

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    by grkboiler Updated May 6, 2005

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    This is my favorite museum in Chicago and is one of the most popular museums in the country. It has some very intriguing full-time exhibits, such as the Coal Mine, the Great Train Story (the coolest train model I have ever seen - 3,000 sq. ft.), a real Boeing 737, and the real WWII German Submarine.

    The Coal Mine exhibit incidentally is the very 1st museum exhibit from 1933. It is also the most popular. It allows patrons to descend 50 ft. down an elevator into a true-to-life Illinois coal mine.

    Other exhibits include farms, plumbing, energy, health, recycling, chemistry, space, transportation, and more. The part-time exhibits are also very interesting (see the website for more info), as is the IMAX theatre.

    Many of the exhibits are hands-on, which is great for children and very curious adults (I always feel like a kid in this museum). There are also restaurants and shops located there.

    Admission depends on which exhibits you plan to see. General admission is $9 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $5 for children. Be prepared to pay double or more if you plan on seeing special temporary exhibits or the IMAX theatre. Check the website for a Free Day schedule.

    Hours vary depending on time of year. Usually the summer hours are 9:30am - 5:30pm and winter hours are 9:30am - 4pm from Monday to Saturday (Sundays open at 11am).

    Give yourself plenty of time! You can't see everything in 2 hours or less. In fact, on a busy day you will probably have to wait an hour for the Coal Mine exhibit itself (a must-see!!!). Your best bet is to get there early and take your time.

    Interesting historical fact - the museum occupies one of the last existing buildings built for the Columbian Exposition Chicago World's Fair of 1893. It was designed by Charles Atwood and housed the Field Museum until 1921, when the Field Museum moved to Grant Park.

    In 1926, the museum opened as the Rosenwald Industrial Museum. It changed to its current name in 1933 and was designated a Chicago landmark in 1995. The building covers 350,000 sq. ft.

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    Knowledge is Power

    by jmhenry1123 Updated May 3, 2005

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    Give your little gray cells a work out at the Museum of Science and Industry.

    Great exhibits like the Burlington Zephyr and German u-boat are awesome. The coal mine is an old favorite. The omnimax theater always has an exciting film.

    My favorite is still seeing the chicks hatch in the incubator.

    For a limited time there is a special exhibit called Body Worlds. This exhbit features plastinated perserved human specimens to examine anatomy and various systems of the human body. Some are posed in very life-like positions like running, jumping, swimming. If you are facinated by the wonder that is the human body I would recommend it. If you are squemish or scared of seeing real human specimens, it's a big museum, you can skip this exhibit.

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    by SnoopySue Written Dec 12, 2004

    Definitely one of my favorite museums in Chicago. Museum houses 800 diferent exhibits including Boeing 727, space capsules, antique cars, locomotives and even an german submarine captured of the coast of Africa in 1944 and shiped to Chicago in 1954.

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    MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

    by RACCOON1 Written Sep 18, 2004

    A science museum with a touch of history.
    Lots of variety . You can spend a full day here. Three levels of displays , some new and some a bit dated but still very interesting .

    If you are a member of a science type museum in your home town check to see if there is reciprocity in membership with the Chicago Museum .

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    by cheap_tourist Updated Jul 13, 2004
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    I allocated only one-half day to the Museum of Science and Industry but ended up spending the entire day there. There were so many things to see.

    I watched a movie at the Omnimax Theatre. I toured the U-505 submarine. I explored a coal mine. The museum's other attractions include Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle, a streamlined Zephyr train, a real Boeing 727 jet, other aircrafts suspended from the ceiling, the actual Apollo 8 command module, the Aurora 7 Mercury space capsule, a 16-foot-tall model of the human heart, and a model of a very complicated railroad system.

    It was definitely an information overload and I loved it!

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    WINTER: International Christmas Tree display

    by pedersdottir Updated Feb 22, 2004

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    Yule decor from Norway

    Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, stop in to view the display, just off the rotunda. Christmas trees are decorated in the style of many of Chicago's best-known ethnic groups. Throughout the day various local groups perform the music or dance of their homeland.

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    by MDH Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    The Classical entrance to the MSI

    One of the largest of its kind on the continent, as well as being one of America's best learning places, the Museum of Science and Industry is a fascinating place, with exhibits on medicine, transportation, astronomy, industrial machinery, and even an IMAX theatre. Huge jet airplanes from the 1960s are even here for everyone to walk and sit in to explore a bygone era.

    The two crown jewels of the musuem is its replica of a coal mine 50 feet underneath the building, where visitors can examine the techniques (as well as extreme dangers) that go along with mining. The other major exhibit is the captured Second World War German submarine U-505, the only U-Boat in the entire U.S., as well as one of five that are still left in the world (and not at the bottom of the ocean).

    Admissions is $9 for adults and $5 for kids. If you're from Chicago, each price will be a dollar off.

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    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    HUGE interactive museum that has all sorts of science-related exhibits. Inside they have a 727 hanging from the ceiling, into which you walk and sit down. There's a model coal mine shaft in the center that you can take a ride on and then walk in the underground 'cave.' There's a U-505 submarine you can walk through, not to mention the Fairy Castle walkthrough, and a Human heart walkthrough. You can easily spend a day in this place because I haven't even mentioned half the exhibits here. And an OMNIMAX... they have that too. Phew... enjoy yourself! Ah, however, this museum is still best-suited to children. I've noticed that as I've gotten older it hasn't really captured my attention as much! :)

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    by Ky_Happy_Dad Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The museum of Science and Industry is a great museum. It was also very crowded because we went on the day admission is not charged (except for special exhibitions such as the Titantic exhibit). My boys enjoyed seeing the U-505 submarine even though we waited approximately an hour for a fifteen minute tour. Vistors may want to exhibit the same strategy they do at Disney World. Arrive early and go straight to the most popular locations such as the submarine and the coal mine to avoid the long lines that form later.
    This is a great museum I remembered from my childhood and wanted my boys to experience for themselves. I especially enjoyed the antique cars, planes, old train, but my wife enjoyed the medical exhibits on the heart and brain.

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    by Burtty Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    You can have a really new and nice experience on the things exhibited in this museum. There are some special exhibition in this museum such as the submarine and airplane. You can have a lively experience for these stuffs. Outside the museum, there is one beautiful park along the lake. You can sit under the tree in the park and enjoy the view of the Michigan Lake.

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    by hobanma Written Aug 24, 2002

    The Museum of Science and Industry.
    This museum rivals Philadelphia's Franklin Institute for our favorite of the science museums. You can tour an actual WWII German U Boat, go down into a coal mine, or climb aboard a Boeing 727. This is a great museum and should be first on anybody's to-do list.

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    by Dawnad Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A wonderful interactive museum that you can get lost in for hours. This is not your usual boring musuem you just wlak around in. Instead you particpating in exhibits that appeal to all of your senses of smell, sound, noise and sight.

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    by Bob_Shan Written Apr 7, 2007

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    Although Lonely Plant did not mention it at all, it is place well worth a visit, especially for those like trains. It has probably world's largest train scene, modeled after Chicago and Seattle.

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  • Trains, Planes and Tractormobiles

    by aycha Updated Jul 26, 2005

    Fun place! You get to hop into planes and play in the cockpit. You can explore a real submarine! You can jump onto tractors and be Farmer John for the day.

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