We only had 2 hours to spend and it was not enough to see everything inside the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. There were so many things to see and do inside. Housed in a huge building with a number of levels, be ready to do hours of walking and learning.

Although I recommend that you visit the museum, I gave the experience 4 stars out of 5. I think the museum is a bit pricey at $18. And you need to pay extra to enjoy the special exhibits/events, Coal Mine, and U-505 on-board tours.

The Science Storms

You will never miss this section of the museum. See the physics of storms and the chemistry of natural phenomena like tornadoes, lightning, and avalanches. Enjoy the Tesla coil that goes off every 30 minutes.
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It is called “YOU! The Experience.”

A permanent exhibit celebrating the connection between the human mind, body and spirit.
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Transportation Displays

Explore how man has evolved in flying, soaring, and speeding over the years.
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Do not miss the Henry Crown Space Center.

Relearn the history of the space race and what’s next in space exploration.

The story of the train and the railway.

This was the largest model railroad I had ever seen inside a museum. According to the booklet, there were more than 20 trains running on 1,400 feet of track, completing the winding journey between Chicago and Seattle. The trains had to pass through the Midwest, the Plains States, the Rockies and the Cascades.


Adventure in toys.

Kids will enjoy the section on toys and toymaker.

If you’re visiting Chicago, spare some time to visit this museum. This could be the best place to take your kids as there are so many interactive exhibits for them. If you can come early, do so, as ticket lines can get really long.

Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 773-684-1414
Museum Hours: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Minimum hours to see everything: 3 hours

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