Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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    80 years of family fun

    by goodfish Updated Jan 31, 2012

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    Squeeze through the impossibly small corridors of a WWII-era German submarine or "ride" an elevator deep into a coal mine. Learn about space exploration or watch a ball race through the world's largest pinball machine. See robots build a toy or digitize your own avatar. Little girls will be spellbound by Colleen Moore's incredible dollhouse, and small boys by a scramble though trains and planes. Stroll a reproduction of 1910 main street Chicago and have your picture snapped in the 1902 automobile: the same one my parents clowned around in way back in 1949, and their daughters did in 1963.

    The Museum of Science and Industry has captured the imagination of grownups and kids since 1933 and while we skipped it this last trip, I've probably been through it 4-5 times in my life and highly recommend a visit. If you're sightseeing on the CityPASS, it gives you a choice between this or the Hancock Observatory. Youngsters along? A no-brainer: THIS is where you go.

    Food court, cafe, ice-cream parlor and the usual gift shops. Handicapped accessible. See the website for hours, directions and details about the exhibits.

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    by LoriPori Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    The MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY is located in Jackson Park in the Hyde Park neighbourhood. A huge interactive museum, it features many attractions. There is a replica of a COAL MINE 50 feet underneath the building -- a 16 foot walk through a human heart with the sound of a beating heart as you go through it -- CSI the Experience -- FAIRY CASTLE -- Great Train Story -- OMNIMAX Theater which shows films on a HUGE curved screen -- and a captured World War II U-505 German Submarine.
    The U-505 Submarine exhibit contains nearly 200 artifacts including an authentic German Enigma machine, a T5 acoustic torpedo, historic film footage and photographs. Interactive challenges allow you to dive a sub to the depths of the Atlantic, seek enemy ships with an attack periscope, send and receive secret messages and "bunk" in a re-creation of the crew's quarters. The U-505 Submarine exhibit is included in general Museum admission. An optional on-board tour of the U-505 is $5.00 per guest and requires a scheduled tour time.

    Admission: Adult $11.00
    Child ( 3 to 11 ) $7.00
    Senior ( 65 + ) $9.50

    Museum & Omnimax Admission:
    Adult $17.00
    Child ( 3 to 11 ) $12.00
    Senior ( 65+ ) $14.50

    For quick entry into the Museum, purchase tickets online or call 773-6841414 for advance reservations or more information.

    Parking $12.00 per vehicle

    Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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    The Museum of Science and Industry

    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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    Caryatids at Museum of Science and Industry

    by Dabs Updated Aug 4, 2007

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    The Caryatids were part of the original beaux arts exterior of the Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The Palace of Fine Arts was converted into the Museum of Science and Industry which opened in 1933.

    These fine ladies can be seen on the east and west sides of the museum.

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    by hunterV Updated Jul 16, 2009

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    Space and industry to be proud of!
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    I had the privilege of visiting the Museum of Science and Industry during my short in Chicago.
    The museum has major exhibition halls of applied sciences and engineering: WWII German U-505 submarine; virtual reality exhibit; working replica of a coal mine; incubator hatching baby chicks; a 16-foot walk through a human heart with the sound of a beating heart; flight simulators; Fairy Castle; Henry Crown Space Center
    with displays on the Apollo 6 and Mercury spacecraft. Each of those halls is very impressive and worth seeing, I assure you! The IMAX Dome Theater attracted us, Ukrainian educators on a short visit, and we decided to see one of its superb films (admission $6), It was great and unforgettable!
    You can choose your show when you purchase your tickets.

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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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    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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    Top 10-Museum of Science and Industry

    by Dabs Updated May 2, 2012

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    Last visit 12/31/06, check their website for free days for Illinois residents only.

    If you are visiting with children in a wide age range, this is where I would go, there's something for kids of all ages and adults. This was my favorite museum when I was a kid. I loved Colleen Moore's fairy castle, was grossed out by the human body slices, always had to stop and walk through the human heart. A couple of other visitor favorites are the coal mine and the U-505 German submarine which reopened in the summer of 2005 after undergoing a major restoration when it was moved underground to preserve it from the elements. Even if you don't plan on touring the interior of the U-505 (additional charge), the exhibit leading up to it is excellent.

    In the years that have passed since I was a kid, they've modernized many of the exhibits and added lots of new exhibits including an Omnimax Theater, the schedule for which can be seen on the attached website. One of the newer exhibits I really enjoy is the Great Train story that has a model railroad going from Chicago to Seattle. The model of Chicago's Loop is pretty accurate, a missing street here, a one street going the wrong direction there but still very impressive.

    Every year in December there is a special exhibit, Christmas Around the World with a display of trees from around the world.

    On a historical note, this museum was built out of plaster and meant to be a temporary structure-the Palace of Fine Arts at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. It is the only structure remaining from the Exposition. After the fair, the building housed the Field Museum until 1921 when it moved to it's current home. A major renovation took place and the Museum of Science and Industry opened in 1933, just in time for the Century of Progress world's fair.

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    This is a HUGE museum

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Oct 22, 2008

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    Next to the Field Museum, this was my favorite Museum in Chicago. The Museum of Science and Industry is Huge and has so many exhibits that you could easily spend a whole day in it. From the U-505 German U-Boat to the vintage Firetrucks, various planes, Space Exploration, and every girls dream: The Fairy Castle... it's overwhelming. There are lots of exhibits with hands on activities to provide a learning experience for the kids.

    There are multiple stories with LOTS of people both large and small. If you want to go inside the U-boat get there early and get on the list. It fills up quick as we found out first hand.

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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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    A great museum to explore

    by SLLiew Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is not to be missed for those who love museums. Great place if you are travelling with kids to learn more about the discoveries of science and developments of technologies.

    There are many hands-on exhibits and giant size anatomy reconstructions to encourage fun and interactive learning.

    Spend at least half a day.

    Open:
    Mon - Sat: 9:30am to 4:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am to 4:00pm

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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 sunshine9689 Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    Like many people have already said, this museum is for kids mostly, however I enjoyed a few things myself.
    Here they are:
    1) Omnimax theatre. The show itself (''Mummies'') was just OK but since I never been to a place like that before, I had a lot of fun. Advice: Do not sit at the upper rows, but in the middle.
    2) U-505 Submarine. Impressive, 750 tons heavy machine. Never seen a real sub before. Enjoyed first 5 minutes and then moved on.
    3) Coal Mine`s 15 minutes excursion. I think there can be only 20 or so people per tour, so we had to wait in line for half an hour first. It was quite interesting: rode on a train, listened to some loud mine instruments working, learned a few things about mining itself (like, in 1933 miners were making $750 a year, compared to $39,000 in 1992).
    4) Human Heart exhibit. I liked using some of the gadgets there: measured my blood pressure, checked my diet (salt, fat, cholesterol), looked at some clotted arteries through microscope.. Quite educating.
    5) Chicago in miniature (in Transportation Zone). Few feet tall buildings, moving trains and bridges.. Cool.

    BUSES: 2, 6, 10, 28. We took bus #6 on the way there. It had a lot of stops and it took us half an hour to get there from State and Lake corner. On the way back we took bus #10. It was running along the shore, no stops, very fast. But this bus comes rarely (had to wait for it 40 minutes).

    PRICE: $11 (museum only), $17 (+ Omnimax).

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    Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 11, 2008

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    Here is another of the Windy City's truly grand museums. One of the museum's best-known displays is a captured German submarine (or U-boat) from World War II. Years ahead of its time, this vessel, designated U-505, is a must-see for historians and naval buffs.

    Another famed exhibit is the Spirit of America, in which Craig Breedlove set a world land speed record. There is also a fine set of medical exhibits, including (for the brave) a pair of human cadavers sliced into thin cross-sections.

    This museum also has some lovely grounds to explore--a park to get away from the noise and bustle of the big city.

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    Investigate the mysteries!

    by Glorija Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the most popular museums in the United States. It covers diverse areas like energy, the environment, the human body, space exploration and transportation.

    The sprawling open space has 2,000 exhibits on three floors, with new exhibits exploring different technologies being added constantly. The museum's high-tech interior is hidden by the classical revival exterior; it was designed in 1892 by D. H. Burnham & Company as a temporary structure to house the Palace of Fine Arts for the World's Columbian Exposition. It's the fair's only surviving building. On a nice day, take a walk behind the museum to the beautifully landscaped Jackson Lagoons and the hidden Japanese Tea Garden, which has a peaceful waterfall.

    You must try Omnimax theatre - amazing experience. For advance tickets purchased by calling or try online. They are often full!

    COST: $9, museum and Omnimax admission $15; parking $12. OPEN: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Mon.-Sat. 9-5:30, Sun. 11-5:30; Labor Day-Memorial Day, Mon.-Sat. 9:30-4, Sun. 11-4. B

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