Museum of Science and Industry

Type: Museums, Science Museums

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Holiday Attractions: This massive museum, one of the first and best in the country, features more than 2,000 hands-on exhibits about everything from outer space to robots. During the holidays, locals and visitors are treated to the annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light extravaganza. There are more than 50 decorated trees and displays ringing a 45-foot-tall Grand Tree that's wrapped in 30,000 lights. Catch "snow" as it falls every 30 minutes inside the Museum's Rotunda. Cultural organizations and various communities decorate trees and displays with hand-made ornaments that honor holiday customs from around the world. Holidays of Light brings the traditions of the Chinese New Year, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Visakha Puja Day and St. Lucia Day to Chicago.

Family-Friendly Museums: This massive museum, one of the first and best in the country, features more than 2,000 hands-on exhibits about everything from outer space to robots. Some of its most famous exhibits are the re-created coal mine ride, walking on the Zephyr (a famous train that once set a land-speed record) and the Idea Factory (whose interactive exhibits have kids of all ages learning without realizing it) Generations of kids have stepped inside the U-505 German submarine to experience life aboard the sub in the days leading up to her capture. The five-story Giant Dome Theater presents shows that take visitors on a virtual voyage to outer space or under the sea. Kids should not miss Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle or the Baby Chick Hatchery. Many special exhibits, such the wonderful The Science Behind Pixar are perfect for all ages.

Museums, Things to Do with Kids: Interactive museums are multiplying like rabbits, but this complex is considered one of the first and best. You'll find more than 2,000 hands-on exhibits including the Zephyr (a famous train that once set a land-speed record) and the Idea Factory (whose interactive exhibits have kids of all ages learning without realizing it). Take a short tour of an authentically recreated coal mine or step inside the U-505 submarine and experience life aboard the sub in the days leading up to her capture. The five-story Omnimax Theater presents shows that take visitors on a virtual voyage to outer space or under the sea.


Address

5700 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60637

Map / Directions
773-684-1414


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Expert Tips by Jacky Runice

Chicago Local Expert

Holiday Attractions: "Check the web site to see which local cultural groups will perform on the day of your visit."

Family-Friendly Museums: "There are many different admission price options like Explorer tickets that include museum entry and ticketed exhibits. Check the web site and buy online to avoid lines."

Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Since 1942, this annual event is one of Chicago's most beloved holiday traditions and it's especially good for families.

Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Visit the Museum of Science and Industry to genuinely enjoy learning about science, tour the U-505 submarine and walk through a tornado.

Expert Tips by Megy Karydes

Chicago Local Expert

Museums, Things to Do with Kids: "Splurge for the U-505 Submarine tour."

Best for Museums, Things to Do with Kids Because: Guests at the Museum of Science and Industry can enjoy science experiences, tour the U-505 submarine and catch a big-screen film all in one day.

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