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Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois

57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois

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  • Visited: 2011-03-01
  • Submitted: 2013-01-28 18:00:38.0
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Best Science Museum

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Try to find a deal on groupon or living social for tickets. It can get pricey to take the family there for a day. We got lucky and got a groupon for $48 for a year family membership, that is cheaper than what a 1 day visit would have cost us ! You can also find coupons in entertainment books, that will at least save you a bit of money. If you go during the holiday season, the Christmas Tree exhibit is gorgeous and not to be missed.

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Palatine, Illinois

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  • Visited: 2012-08-01
  • Submitted: 2013-01-28 11:19:53.0
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Bring walking shoes

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You can go see the submarine including interactive exhibits without paying the extra exhibit fee - the only thing you can't do is go inside the sub (unless you pay).

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Mansfield, Ohio

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  • Visited: 2012-09-01
  • Submitted: 2013-01-14 12:34:51.0
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Great place for all ages

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Come early and plan to stay the whole day. Unless you really want to see the "extras" wait to buy tickets until you see if you will have enough time (especially with kids)

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Submitted by: Jillian D.

i love this museum. it's blocks from where my grandparents grew up. they used to take me here when i was little, and returning as an adult always reminds me of those visits. the christmas trees from around the world are well worth a visit if you care to catch some holiday spirit. t...

Submitted by: Diana C.

I went specifically for the German U-boat exhibit.  It was very informative and interesting.  The tour of the actual U-boat is an extra cost ($8) but it was worth it.  You can't take pictures of the inside of the U-boat, but it's still interest...

Submitted by: Jennifer H.

Bar none, this is one of the best museums out there. Before having kids, my husband and I loved visiting, exploring and learning. And now that we have kids, we love watching our kids do the same. There is something here for every age. The IMAX experience is something to behold. They updated their submarine exhibit and always have a cool special exhibit at the museum. The model train exhibit puts my boys into a train coma. They could literally spend hours watching. It is rather impressive. And I don't care how often you have seen a baby chick hatch from an egg, we get sucked in every time! We have the season pass (it makes it cheaper if you come more often) and is worth the drive -- even from the NorthShore. ...

Submitted by: Tommy H.

This was my Second Stop with the Chicago City Pass. The Museum of Science and Industry was my favorite of all the attractions I visited during my one week visit in Chicago. Really easy to get to from downtown (via the x28 bus). This museum contains some of the coolest machinery and ways to demonstrate how certain tec...

Submitted by: Smitcha B.

Plan ahead and start your day early. We were in town with no car so the easiest way to get from Downtown to this museum was on the Metra Electric (ME). Our start point was Millennium Park, heading south for about 17-18 minutes. Our stop was at 55th, 56th, 57th. It was a meager $2.50 one way ticket, zone A to B ride. Once you exit the suburb station, head east and walk five minutes straight to the museum. On a side note, you can catch a quick glimpse of Soldier Field on that train ride for you NFL fanatics like myself. Museum admission fee is $15/person, $13 for Chicago residents. If you wish to visit extra exhibits like the U-505 Submarine tour or the current Dr. Seuss gallery then expect to pay more. I beli...

Submitted by: Kyle H.

Caught BODY Worlds, and it was way less creepy than I thought it would be. I loved the focus on educating people on healthy living, actually. I got to show my son the classics like the coal mine, the baby chicks, and we enjoyed Tornado Alley in the Omnimax. My Groupon Membership is coming to a close, and I've saved so much money being an MSI Member, ...

Submitted by: Carl F.

I love this place.   It is great for both young and old.   It covers a vast array of topics, ranging from Farm Equipment, Pumps, Electrical, Magnets, Trains, and a lot more.   I also like the fact that there are plenty of hands on exhibits and the mobile science cards/demonstrations are also of good quality.   For me, perhaps the gem of this museum is the German submarine captured during WW-II.     In a single day, there is a ton of activities going on and my suggestion is you can get the most out of your visit if you plan it a head of time.  This does not mean you should, for you can just as easily meander thru this place and have a great time.   I will however  try to make it a point to stop by the area wh...

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