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Museum of Science and Industry
Adventure awaits at the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. It’s not a place where you walk around quietly and observe. No way! Explore a real World War II German submarine; manipulate a 40-foot tornado; run in a human-sized hamster wheel; send your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart; and much more!
VIP entry into the museum, including Science Storms, U-505 (exhibit only), YOU! The Experience, an Omnimax show and Motion Simulator Ride
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Just minutes from downtown Chicago.
Open daily, 9:30am-4pm
Extended hours during spring break, summer and holidays. Call or visit website to verify hours.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
- MSI is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.
- Experience the fast action of a Motion Simulator Ride, included with CityPASS.
- See an Omnimax show in Chicago's only five-story, domed, wrap-around theater, included with CityPASS.
- Life magazine voted MSI one of the top 15 museums in the world.
Present CityPASS booklet or printed voucher in the entry hall CityPASS line to skip the main ticket line. Then, go directly to the Motion Simulator Ride and Omnimax Theater to secure ride/show times. Mobile voucher may not be redeemed at MSI at this time. If you do not have a booklet and you plan to visit this attraction first, please use the printed voucher option.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Open through January 4, 2015
The 73rd annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light feature more than 50 trees and displays, beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to reflect their diverse culture and holiday traditions. Guests can stroll through the dazzling forest of trees, enjoy intermittent falling "snow" every half hour and savor the performances of various dance and choral groups on the Holiday Stage. Plus, this year’s celebrations are Disney-themed; costumes from Disney films such as The Santa Clause and Maleficent will be on display, and guests can learn about the making of the popular animated movie Frozen.
The Art of the Bicycle
Open through 2018
See some of the Museum’s most fascinating–and rarely-exhibited–historic bicycles, juxtaposed with the coolest, fastest and most high-tech bikes currently on the market, in The Art of the Bicycle. Invented 200 years ago, the bicycle has been continuously reshaped and re-engineered to make riding safer, more reliable, and more fun. The Art of the Bicycle traces this amazing evolution and shows how the bicycle continues to evolve driven by the inventiveness of its riders.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
U-505 Submarine Onboard Tour: While admission to the U-505 Submarine exhibit is free with CityPASS admission; optional onboard tour costs: adult $9, child (3-11) $7.
Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives: Explore nine decades of Disney history and artifacts in Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, opening at MSI on October 16, 2013—the actual 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, the exhibition celebrates this milestone of imagination, innovation and entertainment with nearly 300 artifacts, many which have not been widely seen by the public. Through January 5, 2015. Cost for CityPASS holders: adults, $9; children (ages 3-11), $7.
Advice for Visitors
- Upon arrival, go directly to the Motion Simulator Ride and Omnimax Theater to secure ride & show times, as both are subject to availability.
- Mondays are the least crowded. Buy your CityPASS online and avoid long lines.
- Special exhibit tours sell out early. Reserve before 11am.
- Check out the Live Science Demonstrations held daily; see details.
- Take the CTA from downtown. It's easy and stops at the museum.
- The best time to see baby chicks hatching is in the afternoon.
- Get 10% off any photo purchase in the U-505 exhibit or Yesterday's Main Street; see booklet for details.
Parking: Underground parking garage entrance at NW corner of building; $20 per vehicle.
Dining: The Brain Food Court, Jazzman's Café, Finnigan's Ice Cream Parlor
Accessibility: Museum and Omnimax theater fully accessible. Elevators available. Wheelchairs available in Entry Hall and at Space Center entrance.
Gift Shop: Museum Store, Shop Earth, The Kids Stop Shop, Museum Photo Studio
Coat Check: Entry Hall, $1 per item
Strollers: Available in Entry Hall, $2
ATM: Lower Level and Entry Hall
CTA trains: Take Metra Electric Line from downtown Chicago to 55th/56th/57th Street station, just 2 blocks from the museum
CTA buses: #2, #6, #10, #28 (drop off just steps from museum)
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