Our third and final day of museum hoping in Chicago landed us on the steps of the Museum for Science and Industry.

All I can say is WOW! I seriously could write pages and pages on this place but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So instead, I am giving you a very abbreviated pictorial review.  There were too many exhibits to include in this post.  My kids loved all the tractors, trains, planes,  and automobiles.

There is definitely something for everyone in every age group.  We arrived at this Museum on our last day in Chicago.  It was also a reciprocal museum for us so entrance was free though it did not include special exhibits.

Do you reciprocate? This is the membership we use for our reciprocal museum memberships.

First off, I have never been to a museum like this.  It was huge.  Which you would totally expect from a museum with full sized vehicles indoors and a submarine in the basement.  Plan for a full day here at the minimum.  There was something to absorb your attention completely every 10 feet.

Amazing.

We started our pilgrimage through this museum in the health and well-being floors.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

I loved the models of how the brain and body work and what we can do to keep ourselves healthy and happy. And as I always thought…. Happiness is a choice.

We loved the human body models.  It really put into perspective for the kids how complex their little bodies are.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

And yes they were real cadavers.  It was amazing!  (Prepare to read amazing a lot in this post.)

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Ready for a little mind control?  This machine had two people compete to see who could relax their brain the most.  Apparently, I can turn my mind completely off.  Though I am sure I am not the only mom out there ready and willing to just stop thinking for a moment.  I always beat this little stinker.  He was appeased when I told him he must be smarter than mommy.

Several exhibits were geared toward fitness.  Here my child is a hamster…. or at least in a cylindrical treadmill.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

The kids loved seeing their veins.
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

There were lots of exhibits on prosthetics, surgical equipment, and modern advances in medical technology.  The stairwells were lined with models of eye balls and sinus cavities.   After just this one area, I was certain we would never finish this museum in one day.

I just gave up taking too many photos at this point.  I had over a thousand photos on my camera. This is an amazing museum.. Just go.  It will not disappoint.

In the math area they have this amazing mirror maze.  We loved it.  This kids had a blast and still talk about this optical illusion.  Its a bit spooky though and I did lose them one time.  There isn’t really much to prepare you for losing all 27 reflections of your children at one time but we made it and I would do it again for sure.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

As you can tell, it was serious business levitating these balls.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

We then headed to the genetics area.  Here Sweet One is trying her hand at a scientific procedure.  They loved this area.  So many hands on activities.  And they really enjoyed the science and learning about genetics.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

And these little chickies were a big hit.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Finally we found our people. The circus exhibit was cool.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Gotta love a great diorama.  So many interesting things here.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

I told you they had a submarine in the basement right?

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

The kid play area was also amazing.

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

This post doesn’t even come close to showing what is available at this museum.  We weren’t even able to see everything available. This museum is huge.  I am excited to go back one day.  We barely scratched the surface here.

Please… go to this museum.  Go play and have a great time. Learn all about things you likely have never given a second thought about but are really amazing.

Go and pretend to: Drive the train….  Drive the tractor….  DRIVE THE SUBMARINE!!!

Plan for more than a day.  This museum is VERY stimulating.  I found it to be more tiring that the others just because of the subject matter.

Please just go and come back here and tell me your favorite thing.

 

Helpful Links:

The Museum of Science and Industry official website

Choose Chicago Website

 


 

Shanda Smith
A Wife, Mother, horseback riding, RV-ing, travel enthusiast always looking for the next adventure. As the Matriarch of a homeschooling family of four we keep our suitcases packed and our atlas handy. Join us on our adventures. With Love and Coffee, Shanda

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