This post is about the exhibits and how to save money at the Museum of Science and Industry. While in Chicago, venture down to the museum in Grant Park to “spark creativity and scientific inquiry”. It is worth the bus or train ride to see the building alone, though we have a feeling you’ll love the exhibits even more! The Museum of Science and Industry was originally built as the Palace of Fine Arts for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 by Charles B. Atwood of D.H. Burnham and Company. It is the only structure from the World’s Fair that was built to last while the remainder of the White City fell to ruins.
Save at least 20% off of admission with the Go Chicago Card or Chicago City Pass.
Before you buy…
Illinois Citizens get free admission to the Museum of Science and Industry on the following days.
Chicago City Pass
Get up to 50% admission with the Chicago GoCard and City Pass!
Pro tip: ALWAYS buy your tickets to Chicago’s Top Attractions in advance. You’ll skip lines and save hours of your precious travel time this way.
The MSI has many temporary exhibits as well as several permanent exhibits. The permanent exhibits include:
The U-505 Submarine –
At this exhibit you can step inside the U-505—a German submarine that terrorized the ocean during World War I and World War II. The United States caught and captured the sub on June 4th, 1944 and now it is a national memorial to the 55,000 American sailors who gave their lives on the high seas in WWI and WWII. It is amazing to walk through and imagine what it would have been like to live on the sub; the bunk beds are so tiny!
Brick By Brick –
An impressive use of Lego toy bricks to create massive reproductions of world famous structures.
The Chick Hatchery –
The entire exhibit is about the complex world of genetics but everyone is crowded around the baby chicks. Watch as the baby chicks emerge from their shells and peck their way into the world.
The Coal Mine –
Every resident in Chicago has visited this exhibit at least once as a student on a field trip- it’s the Coal Mine! A coal-miner takes you below the surface to experience hands-on what it would be like to a coal-miner.
Farm Tech –
This exhibit is included in your entry fee and really connects you to the farm-life of America. The farmers of America have come a long way. Learn how your food gets to your plate. A visitor’s favorite is the milking competition.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Daily 9:30 am until 4 pm.
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637 (map).
Take the Red Line or Blue Line to Jackson stop, then to transfer any of the buses above (#2,#6,#10) at the NW corner of State and Van Buren.
From “the Loop” it’s a 25 minute Metra train ride southwards to the Hyde Park neighborhood. Take the Metra train to the 55th/56th/57th Street station, and walk 2 blocks east to reach the museum.
Pro tip: Even the Museum admits it can be tricky to get to this attraction via transit if you are unfamiliar with the city. We recommend looking at our article on Getting Around Chicago via Public Transit if you are new to Chicago!