Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
In a city full of world-class museums, perhaps none attracts more attention than the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is highly regarded the world over as one of the finest museums on the planet and is often compared to Washington DC’s famed Smithsonian Institute. Conveniently located in Jackson Park between Lake Michigan and the University of Chicago, this museum is an easy afternoon visit from the University of Chicago La Quinta Inn and Suites. However, many visitors quickly find that one afternoon simply isn’t enough at the Museum of Science and Industry. Regardless of what brought you to the Windy City, be sure to pencil in a visit to the Hyde Park neighborhood to experience one of the world’s best museums.
The Museum of Science and Industry is housed in the architecturally stunning Palace of Fine Arts building from the 1893 World’s Fair and officially opened as part of the 1933 World’s Fair. The building and its various exhibits have been leaving visitors in awe ever since. With over 2,000 exhibits in 75 major halls, the museum boasts something for everybody covering nearly every scientific discipline on the planet.
Like many museums, this Chicago staple is home to many permanent exhibits as well as a rotating cast of temporary exhibits that are equally as amazing. Highlights from the permanent collection include a full-size replica coal mine and the Transportation Gallery which houses The Great Train Story – a 3,500 square foot model railroad outlining the story of transportation from Chicago to Seattle. Further, the Museum of Science and Industry also houses relics of American history including the U-505 German submarine captured during World War II and the command module from Apollo 8 – the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, orbit the moon, and return safely to our planet. The museum guarantees to have a handful of exhibits that play to your interests as well as many others that were likely not even on your radar. On top of the mind-blowing exhibits and displays, this museum also hosts a plethora of events that add a special level of interest to an already exciting visit. Be sure to check and see what special events or visiting exhibits will be around during your stay in Chicago.
You would be remiss to visit Chicago and not spend any time in the city’s world-class museums and, if you have to choose just one, the Museum of Science and Industry should be it. While our staff at the University of Chicago La Quinta Inn and Suites would recommend multiple days to soak up everything that the Museum of Science and Industry has to offer, one is better than nothing! Thankfully, given our convenient location a short five-minute drive from Hyde Park, you can visit this famed museum at the drop of a dime! Utilize our hotel’s free shuttle service or talk to our front desk staff about the easy-to-navigate public transit system that can get you to the Museum of Science and Industry in a matter of minutes.