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Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago: 34 reviews and 60 photos
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.
Address: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Directions: Hyde Park, the Museum is NOT in the city center or walkable, visit the museum website for how to get there
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