While in Chicago we had to see the Museum of Science and Industry, it’s one of the top ranked things to do in Chicago on Trip Advisor, which is one of my favorite sources for planning vacations. The museum is also rated as one of the “Top 10 Science Museums to visit in the US” by American Mensa with nearly 1.5 million guests each year.
As one of the largest science museums in the world, the building is massive and was built in 1893 for the Palace of Fine Arts, used during the World’s Columbian Exposition. In 1933 it became the home of the Museum of Science and Industry. Today it holds many, many different types of exhibits.
You can manipulate a mini tornado, or even see a 40-foot indoor tornado in the Science Storms exhibit.
There is a U-505 Submarine, the only German U-boat captured during World War II, surrounded by artifacts and interactive activities. With an Explorer ticket package you can actually explore the inside of the ship.
Some of the other things you can do with the Explorer ticket package are explore a Coal Mine, a reproduction of an Illinois coal mine that takes guests down 50 feet in a real hoist to the bottom of the mineshaft, how cool!? MSI is also hosting the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which showcases the history and creativity with more than 300 artifacts.
Colten and Lizzie enjoyed many of the interactive displays like this one, as the kids moved it would cause part of the puzzle to show an image.
There were many interactive displays for the human body that were neat too. You could see your heart beat 13-feet tall, take a tour of your digestive system, or dissect an eyeball.
There were many different forms of transportation on display also. You could walk through the plane in the above image and see the control area or sit in one of the passenger seats. There was also a Passenger train on display at the entrance to the museum that was pretty neat.
There are many great things to see and do in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, you will probably want to plan 3-4 hours for your visit at a minimum and that’s moving through kind of quickly. The Museum also has a great dining area on the premises with a huge selection to choose from so you don’t have to interrupt your visit.
Disclaimer: Thank you to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for the complimentary passes. However, all opinions and views are ours.