"Museum of Science & Industry" Museum of Science and Industry Tip by grkboiler
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago: 34 reviews and 60 photos
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.
Address: 57th & Lake Shore Drive
Directions: Metra & South Shore trains stop at 57th St. Station, just 2 blocks from the museum. By car from the city, take Lake Shore Drive south and you will run into it. There is a parking garage under the museum.
Phone: (773) 684-1414
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