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Museum of Science and Industry

Temporarily closed


57th Street and Lake Shore Dr., Chicago IL 60637

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Starting Thursday, November 19, the Museum will temporarily close to the public until further notice as the state moves to slow the surge of COVID-19. We were so excited to share the holidays with you, however we must do our part to ensure the spread of this disease does not get worse.

We will be working hard from home to bring you engaging science content through our website and social channels, and we have several free resources for you to explore:

Learning Resources: The Learning Resources virtual hub provides free educational tools in science, technology, engineering and medicine to bring STEM learning to students anywhere, anytime. (

Science at Home: Keep learning in place and at your pace with science activities and topics you can access anytime with experiments, games and videos. (

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light: Explore an online map of trees and displays featured in MSI’s holiday exhibits, decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s diverse communities. Learn about the rich customs of more than 40 countries and cultures. This page will be updated throughout the holiday season. (

If you have tickets for a Museum visit during this closure, your tickets will be refunded automatically. Please allow up to five business days. Members, please stay tuned to your email for more information.

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the country! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see! You’ll experience mind blowing, hands-on exhibits and have the chance to navigate through a mirror maze; manipulate a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; descend into an Illinois coal mine; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D, beating heart; and much more! It’s fun and interactive!

Health and Safety

Health & Safety Policy URL View Policy

Health Screening Required-Staff

Masks Required-Guest

Masks Required-Staff

Reservations Required

CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures

Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations

Mobile Payments Accepted

Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced

Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits

Complimentary Policy 1 adult per 10 students

Motorcoach Parking Off-site

Separate Group Entrance

Average Visit/Tour Length 3 hours

Team Building Programs

Team Building Activities Offered

Minimum Group Number 15

Maximum Group Number 10000

Group Discounts Available

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 15

Miles from Downtown 6.0




American Express


Student Group Friendly

Special Interest Tours Offered

Valet Parking Available

Restaurant(s) On-site

ATM Machine On-site

ADA Compliant

Self-Parking Available On-site

Food On-site Restaurant

Hours of Operation 9:30am - 4pm every day. Extended hours during spring break, summer, and winter holidays.


Military Discount

AARP Discount

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing) 3000

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated) 1200

On-Site Catering

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

Complete Buy-out Available

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 12000

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 1200

Exclusive Audio/Visual Provider(s)

Max Venue Capacity 12000

Private Meeting Space Available

Permanent Stage

Group Menu


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