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No tour of Chicago's museums is complete without a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park.

No tour of Chicago's museums is complete without a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park. It showcases a variety of interactive and hands-on exhibits as well as demonstrations and simulations that present scientific concepts and technology in a fun way for children. The museum occupies the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, a Classical Revival building laid out as a cross with a large central dome. The Beaux Arts façade in Indiana limestone is perfectly symmetrical, featuring Ionic columns, garlands and caryatids.

There are 75 halls across 3 floors displaying over 2000 exhibits covering a variety of topics from natural phenomena and basic physics to space exploration and robotics. The 'Science Storms' exhibit features a 40-foot water vapor tornado, tsunami tank, Tesla coil, heliostat system, and a 30-foot avalanche disc. One of the newer and exciting exhibits is the Robot Revolution which presents cutting-edge robots from around the world that you can interact and play with. Other highlights include the ✓'Coal Mine' which recreates a working bituminous coal mine with original equipment from Old Ben #17 from 1933, ✓German submarine U-505 from World War II, ✓a 330 m2 model railroad of the route from Chicago to Seattle in Great Train Story, ✓replica of Stephenson's Rocket - the first steam locomotive to exceed 25 mph, ✓999 Empire State Express which was the first vehicle to exceed 100 mph, ✓a model of the Wright Brothers first airplane, ✓Apollo 8, ✓a Mars Rover, and ✓'Yesterday's Mainstreet' - a recreation of an early 20th century Chicago street.

The Simulator Gallery offers visitors the complete experience of piloting historic aircraft such as P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom II, and F-16 Fighting Falcon. You can also choose to experience the fast action of a Motion Simulator Ride, and opt from launching into space aboard Discovery - Space Mission Hubble, the World War I adventure Red Baron, or traveling across the universe in Destination - Black Hole.























About Museum of Science and Industry

 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United States

 +1 773-684-1414

Museum of Science and Industry and Nearby Sights on Map

Osaka Garden

The Osaka Garden grew out of the Pavilion for the Japanese Government at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and was planned by Olmsted as well

Promontory Point Park

Promontory Point is a beautiful spot to take in the great skyline view, gaze off into the blue, watch summer fireworks, or take a (technically illegal, but everybody does it) swim in its submerged beach (north side of the point)

Jackson Park

Named for President Andrew Jackson and the site of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893

Robie House

This fabulously impractical house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the world's most famous examples of the Midwestern 'Prairie School' of architecture, which aimed to create buildings with prominent horizontal lines evocative of the prairie landscape

Jackson Park Golf Course

18 holes of golf and a driving range, all in the middle of Jackson Park

University of Chicago Presents

The University of Chicago Presents hosts numerous classical music performances in Hyde Park, usually featuring big-name national and international performers for relatively low prices

Doc Films

Those zoning laws are again to 'blame' for the total absence of any movie theaters in this section of Chicago

Oriental Institute Museum

The University of Chicago Oriental Institute has one of the best collections of ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern archeology in the world, which is moreover free, small, very well exhibited, and basically started by Indiana Jones

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

This giant Gothic church is named for the University founder, John D

Midway Park

A large, long grassy park, intended for the World's Fair, with grandiose plans of arched bridges over a canal connecting the lagoons of Washington and Jackson Parks, but which today mostly serves to give visitors a good view of the University of Chicago