Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Live Demonstration in the Science Storms Exhibit

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry has been on my family’s must-visit list for quite some time.  We recently made a trip to visit one of my best friends in Libertyville, which is in the suburbs of Chicago.  My son and I had a great time joining her family at what I now consider one of the country’s top science museums.

We found the museum was a little overwhelming. We quickly realized that you would have to make multiple trips to see everything because it was huge, and there were so many exhibits.    I suggest checking out the website before, so you can figure out what areas each member of your family would enjoy seeing.  Go to the “visit the museum” tab and click on plan your stay.  Here you can sort by the first timer or returning guest, favorite subjects, and interest and finally by age range.  Don’t forget to check out what is playing at the Omnimax Theater and the Live Science Experiences.

Why does a tornado spin?

The day we went, the kids spent a lot of time in the “Science Storm” exhibit.  This exhibition revealed things like why tornado’s spin, lightning strikes, and waves break.  The weather demonstration introduced the kids to physics and chemistry.  Learning turned out to be a lot of fun.

Newton’s Prism

“You! The Experience” exhibit was also a favorite, and it fascinated the children with interactive stations that revolved around movement, appetite and how our mind and heart work.  The kids learned what makes them who they are.

Food Tally Exhibit

Hamster Wheel in the “Your Movement” Exhibit

Other fun exhibitions were “The Great Train Story,” where more than 30 model railroad trains ran from Chicago to Seattle.

The Great Train Story

The kids also had fun in the “Farm Tech” exhibit where they enjoyed climbing on the Deere and Co. Tractor.  In the “Transportation Gallery, ” there were many hands-on activities, and the kids were able to board a United Airlines Boeing 727.

Aboard the 727

The Transportation Gallery

This museum is an excellent place to allow your children to entertain their curiosities and answer many of those “WHY” questions that they often ask.  There is such a variety of topics to learn about, and the museum is interactive. If you head to Chicago with your kids, make this museum a priority.  It will be on our list again the next time we are in the “Windy City.”  I can’t wait to check out the U-505 Submarine and the “Earth Revealed” exhibit.  I better give my friend a call and make reservations for her guest room because another trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is in our future travel plans.

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