MSI—the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere—is home to more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and foster curiosity. Discover a World War II submarine ot take in a show on the five-story movie screen. Daily 9:30 am–4 pm except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Extended hours, until 5:30 pm, are offered during peak periods. Highlights and Tips:
- The Museum of Science and Industry opened in 1933, meaning it’s just a few years older than Where. It also happens to be one of the largest science museums in the world, making a quick trip tricky, but still doable.
- It’s all about the hands-on experience at MSI, and we recommend starting at the crowd-favorite "The Great Train Story." Here, all ages are mesmerized by more than 20 trains that traverse 3,500 square feet of scenery, cities and waterways in a scaled-down trip from Chicago to Seattle. Kids love the buttons that lift drawbridges, while parents appreciate the subtle humor peppered throughout.
- If you're short on time, two popular permanent exhibits are "Numbers in Nature," where the mirror maze is the main attraction (get a free, timed-entry ticket on-site), and "Science Storms," which reveals the workings of tornados, lightning, rainbows, avalanches and more.