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Chicago Museum Of Science and Industry

Updated on August 29, 2015

My Visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Looking for a fun place to visit? Why not go to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry? It's an all day affair where you can find something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

The museum is separated into a lot of different exhibits. Weather, Transportation, Genetics, Special Exhibits, Coal Mine, Circus World, Agriculture, Space Exploration, and many many more!!

The Weather Room

The weather balloon
The weather balloon

Weather Room

My family stayed in this exhibit the longest. There's so much to do here that you can easily spend over an hour in this 2 story room. The one thing that catches your eye the minute you get close is the tornado whirling through the air. It has a beautiful light display that is fascinating to watch. As you walk in further, there's many hands on exhibits. You can race magnetic cars against each other and create tidal waves.

Upstairs, you will find a large scale Newman's Cradle that you can control changing the number distribution of the metal balls. As you walk in a little further, you will be awestruck by the lightening machine. Every few minutes, they blast it.

Transportation Room - Trains, Planes, and Automobiles... plus lots more!

They have a real jet inside the building!
They have a real jet inside the building! | Source

Transportation

This huge room is packed with real transportation vehicles. Trains, planes, and automobiles to start. There's also trolley cars, air gliders, and yes, a real jet. You can go inside the jet and have a seat. You can check out the cockpit and look out the windows at the train display below. The huge train display is of Chicago. It's huge. You can easily spend an hour looking at all the details inside this display.

Mythbusters Special Exhibit
Mythbusters Special Exhibit

Mythbusters

Special Exhibit

The special exhibit that was there when we went was Mythbusters. You have to buy special tickets when you get there and then they give you a time slot when you can go. They let people in every hour. They don't make you leave after an hour but that's the average amount of time it takes to get through it.

In the Mythbusters exhibit, there were many of the original props that were used in the TV show on display. A lot of the hands on displays were more for the younger kids but we still enjoyed most of it.

After you've gone through everything in the display, there's a live demonstration.

Photos From Inside the MythBusters Special Exhibit

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Mannequins dressed to look like Jamie and Adam.Here are some of the props that they used on the show.More of the props that they used on the show.Do you get wetter when you walk through the rain or run through the rain? This is a really neat exhibit. You walk through rain and your shirt gets raindrops on it. Then you go under the black light and you can see how many drops you have on you afterBuster!!! Ok, I don't think it was the real Buster but it was a pretty good replica of him.They had books of the drawings that you see during the show. They were interesting to look at.
Mannequins dressed to look like Jamie and Adam.
Mannequins dressed to look like Jamie and Adam.
Here are some of the props that they used on the show.
Here are some of the props that they used on the show.
More of the props that they used on the show.
More of the props that they used on the show.
Do you get wetter when you walk through the rain or run through the rain? This is a really neat exhibit. You walk through rain and your shirt gets raindrops on it. Then you go under the black light and you can see how many drops you have on you after
Do you get wetter when you walk through the rain or run through the rain? This is a really neat exhibit. You walk through rain and your shirt gets raindrops on it. Then you go under the black light and you can see how many drops you have on you after
Buster!!! Ok, I don't think it was the real Buster but it was a pretty good replica of him.
Buster!!! Ok, I don't think it was the real Buster but it was a pretty good replica of him.
They had books of the drawings that you see during the show. They were interesting to look at.
They had books of the drawings that you see during the show. They were interesting to look at.

Space Exploration Room

If you're interested in space travel, you'll love the space exhibit at this museum! There's 2 space shuttles on display. The other thing that we found really cool was the inside of a space shuttle that you could walk into. It was only the basic living quarters but you could see what the food and bathroom looked like.

Tour the Space Exploration Room

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Agricultural Room

A real tractor for the kids to climb into
A real tractor for the kids to climb into | Source

Good Old Fun at the Farm!

This room is full of farming equipment and agricultural exhibits. You can learn all about soybeans and their many uses in your home along with other things like how piglets are raised.

The Burlington Zephyr

The Burlington Zephyr
The Burlington Zephyr

Tour the Train

We were getting ready to leave the museum but had to walk past the Burlington Zephyr to get to the parking lot. As we were looking at the outside of it, a tour guide came by and said they would be doing a tour shortly. I was so glad we were there when we were! They can only fit about 10 people in it at a time and it was great getting to see the inside. There's a few surprises inside the train and the whole time you're in there, the train actually rickets as if it's going along the tracks. What a neat feeling!

Watch What Happens Inside the Burlington Zephyr!

The Earth Room

The earth room
The earth room | Source

Global Warming

This room features a beautiful display of Earth. It's a dark room that plays a movie every so often about earth and global warming. It's was very interesting and longer than I expected. It's easy to walk through it without realizing that a movie will be playing so be sure to stop and wait for it.

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Circus Room

Circus Elephant
Circus Elephant

Circus Nostalgia

I found this room to be nostalgic. I really enjoyed it. There were a few life size statues of the circus animals like the elephant, lions, and tigers. There were also multiple displays of circus tents that were complete with an audience, a ringmaster, all the animals and performers.

Race Cars and Model Ships

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This was a very interesting race car.  I have no idea what it was called but it was neat to look at.Can you imagine racing in one of these?This awesome race car was kept behind glass to protect it.
This was a very interesting race car.  I have no idea what it was called but it was neat to look at.
This was a very interesting race car. I have no idea what it was called but it was neat to look at.
Can you imagine racing in one of these?
Can you imagine racing in one of these?
This awesome race car was kept behind glass to protect it.
This awesome race car was kept behind glass to protect it.

Watch Out For The Traffic!

Chicago Traffic on the way home from the Science Museum
Chicago Traffic on the way home from the Science Museum

Lots of Traffic!

If you're not real fond of Chicago traffic, you might want to think about taking the train. At one point, the traffic was so bad that it filled 7 lanes across. It was a lot of traffic for someone who comes from a place where the most we have is 4 lanes across. A lot of people said to take the train in and out of Chicago but it really wasn't too bad until we tried leave around 4:00. That's when we hit all that traffic.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the museum. It's a fun place to visit. Have you ever been there? What was your favorite part?

Did you enjoy your visit?

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      If we were there I would defiantly be bring the kids. The Mythbusters alone would keep my sons amused for a long time.

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      Always a good way to entertain the children for a day or two in Chicago :) mine always appreciated it!

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      paynui 4 years ago

      Thanks, it looks like a great place to visit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never been there, but now you have made me want to go!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Hi Jen, You made a beautiful Lens, I loved the photos, keep up the good work! -Anja

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago looks like a great place to visit. I would really like to take a tour of the Space Exploration Room, looks like a lot of fun.