The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world. Built in 1893 for the Word’s Columbian Exposition, it officially opened as a museum in 1933.
Exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry showcase the history of industry, innovation, and invention throughout the years. Visitors can learn all about passenger train travel, go inside a real coal mine, watch a baby chick hatch and take its first steps, get “inside” the internet and get up close to the only German submarine in the US.
Admission: General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Chicago residents get a $2 adult discount and $1 off kids admission. Free admission days are held throughout the year.
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Hours: The museum is open every day, except Christmas, from 9:30am t0 4pm. On Sundays, it opens at 11am.
Getting there: The Museum of Science and Industry is located south of the Museum Campus, at E. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive.
Nearby: The museum is located about seven miles south of the city, in Hyde Park. An affluent lakefront neighborhood, the area offers some excellent dining options and is home to the Oriental Institute, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House.
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