The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the best museums in Chicago, and that’s saying a lot. There are exhibits for both the young and old here! It isn’t a stuffy old museum that requires you to be quiet and doesn’t allow you to touch. No, here you are allowed to walk through the human heart, go to the center of the world, peer in the windows of the yesterday, and much, much more!
The museum is fairly large but can be done in one day! Just make sure that you don’t dawdle too long at some of the exhibits. The museum combines learning with fun, and that should be its greatest claim to fame.
Some of the favorite exhibits that are there are the "rides" or special exhibits that allow you walk through and touch them. The Coal Mine has always been a favorite of everyone I know; I think it might have something to do with the elevator that you get to take down, the train is fun as well, with the simulation of speed. The submarine will give you a greater appreciation for sailors, and Apollo 8 for astronauts.
In addition to these favorites, everyone must visit Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle--whether male for female, young or old, it is something to see. It is taller than a small child and has real jewels, miniature furniture, working lighting, and is richly appointed. Definitely worth a trip to see. I have also always loved Yesterday’s Main Street; it is a recreation of a main street from the turn of the century. Children love to look in the windows, and it is a great way to teach children history (when they won’t even know it). Also, make sure to take a stop and watch the baby chicks hatch; the kids will talk about it for the rest of the day!
A trip to the museum wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the IMAX. Be warned that there is an extra fee to see a show here, so budget that into your trip. They are all educational films, but they aren’t dry or boring, and they are designed with the IMAX experience in mind. So when you are diving to the depths of Antarctica, you really will feel like you are diving. Be warned that if you get motion-sick, I would suggest that you sit this one out. The seats don’t move, but there is the feeling of movement, and depending on the movie, it is sometimes a good amount of it.
Museum of Science and Industry is a great museum to go to if you want a fun learning experience where you aren’t required to be quiet and not touch anything. Prices are $9 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are free on Mondays and Tuesdays from January 3rd to March 15 and September 12 to November 24th.