Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is the biggest science historical center in the Western side of the equator, lodging tremendous displays that let guests find out about a scope of points by encountering them firsthand. Jump on the Pioneer Zephyr, the main diesel-controlled stainless-steel train; slide into a completely reproduced mine pole to figure out how a sump pump functions; and get very close with monstrous homestead machines. For a more active approach, the Live Science Experiences carry guests into the classroom by taking care of science issues in a public domain. Admirers of science and innovation should discover this the feature of any Chicago trip.
The last time I was here was probably more than 15 years ago, but it was still so much fun when I visited again just recently. There are so many exhibits that are interactive (shooting tennis balls across the room with basketball arcs, creating vortexes). There were also some pretty impressive exhibits on natural disasters, such as the four-story high tornado. Make sure to check out the miniatures of downtown Chicago, the giant pinball machine, and the baby chicks exhibit. Leave an hour or two to explore the U-505 exhibit. There's so much history to read about and code cracking and sub driving simulations to try out. This place is a lot of fun for kids, but it's also a place for adults to have fun and learn some things they have missed or forgotten from school.
Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry is enormous: 14 acres hold some 2,000 interactive exhibits like a replica of a coal mine, a 1934 diesel-powered passenger train, and a German U-boat captured off the coast of West Africa. Oooh at Daily Live Science Experiences (explosive chemistry shows and eyeball dissections), ahhh at world-class temporary exhibitions (visit an icicle-covered Arctic cabin or hot-air balloon over the savanna in “National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers”), then play a round on the Swiss Jolly Ball, a seven-foot-high, 15-foot-wide pinball machine.
This is the museum where I am most likely to geek out. There are so many cool permanent exhibits like the one on storms (you can see how a tornado forms!) and the German submarine. I keep returning for the different contemporary exhibits, though. Last year, I went to see the Jim Henson exhibit, and I know this year it will be for the Chicago World's Fair exhibit...a fitting place for it since MSI's building is the only existing building left of Daniel Burnham's White City from that fair.
The Museum of Science and Industry is the only building still standing from the 1893 World's Fair. Originally named the Palace of Fine Arts, it housed artwork, and was the only building to be made fireproof. After the fair, the original exterior plaster was replaced with limestone, fortifying the building and extending its life. While the exterior is no longer white, the museum is still an accurate representation of what visitors to the fair saw more than 120 years ago.
This place in incredible. Some of the best, most truly involvingly interactive exhibits I've ever seen. The submarine tour is worth it for older kids (provided they aren't claustrophobic), but the real stars are the exhibits that wed the principles of science to their real-world manifestations, like Science Storms, which demonstrates the origins of topical phenomena like tsunamis and tornadoes.
I really enjoy the Museum of Science and Industry. I think that adults without kids often overlook it but they really shouldn't. There's so much to see, do and learn, it makes a great date idea for your spouse your friends or your group. They always have free days for residents of Illinois so check the website to see if you can coordinate with those days.
By far the best science museum I've been too, including the LA Science Center and the Goldengate Park NSF center. So many interactive exhibits. My favorites are the giant tornado tunnel, real WWII submarine, and interactive media exhibit. Not sure if you can cover all the exhibits in one day. I'm amazed that none of them were boring.
I don't know of anyone that won't agree with that. There's so much to do and so much to see. It's virtually all interactive from the fairy castle to the coal mine. It was one of my favorite places to go as a child, and since I've had my son, I've only wished that anything we've done would match up to it.
One of the best science museums on the planet. What's really special about this place is the size. It's huge, with high ceilings and vast halls. In the halls are thing you usually see outdoors, like real train, and planes and automobiles, reinforcing the feeling that technology is amazing.
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry was interactive before the word "interactive" was invented. It was a world leader in making museum's interesting and as far as I'm concerned, it continues to be a world leader with its innovative and instructive displays. I would plan on spending an entire day.