Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago

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Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry is enormous: 14 acres hold some 2,000 interactive exhibits like a replica of a coal mine, a 1934 diesel-powered passenger train, and a German U-boat captured off the coast of West Africa. Oooh at Daily Live Science Experiences (explosive chemistry shows and eyeball dissections), ahhh at world-class temporary exhibitions (visit an icicle-covered Arctic cabin or hot-air balloon over the savanna in “National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers”), then play a round on the Swiss Jolly Ball, a seven-foot-high, 15-foot-wide pinball machine.

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Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago

Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry is enormous: 14 acres hold some 2,000 interactive exhibits like a replica of a coal mine, a 1934 diesel-powered passenger train, and a German U-boat captured off the coast of West Africa. Oooh at Daily Live Science Experiences (explosive chemistry shows and eyeball dissections), ahhh at world-class temporary exhibitions (visit an icicle-covered Arctic cabin or hot-air balloon over the savanna in “National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers”), then play a round on the Swiss Jolly Ball, a seven-foot-high, 15-foot-wide pinball machine.

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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