Museum of Science and Industry

Ride or Fly!

Choose from two flight adventures, taking off daily from the Museum's Balcony Level 3. No reservations are required; just purchase tickets in the Simulator Gallery (near the Wright Flyer). These features require additional tickets and are not included in general admission. (See details below.)

Interactive Flight Simulators

Admission: $8. Two people per fly. Solo tickets available. (Approx. 6 minutes.)
Safety requirements: Flyers must weigh less than 245 lbs. To fly unaccompanied, you must be at least 48” tall.

You control the action! Climb aboard one of two two-passenger interactive flight simulators and try your skills at air-to-air combat in an F-4 Phantom II jet fighter. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Launch your sortie from the deck of an aircraft carrier and take to the skies as you climb, dive, and roll your simulator in 360-degree barrel rolls. Your mission: earn “Ace” status by successfully destroying five or more enemy aircraft. Your weapons include Vulcan Chainguns, radar-guided, and heat-seeking missiles (training time available prior to your mission).

Ride Simulator

Admission: $6. Up to eight people per ride. Riders must be at least 46" tall. (Approx. 5 minutes.)
Choose your adventure and take an exciting virtual trip on board our eight-passenger ride simulator. Ride experiences include:

  • Wings: Take a fast-paced ride through the history of aerial combat. Experience flight in a vintage Sopwith Camel of World War I, the “lightning-fast” P-38 of World War II, the sleek F-86 Super Sabre of the Cold War era, and the fabulous F-5 Tiger.
  • F-18 Experience: Discover the thrill of naval aviation in an F-18 Super Hornet and marvel at the precision, courage and skill of those who push these complex flying machines to their limits.


Tickets for both simulators may be purchased at the Simulator Gallery on Balcony Level 3. VISA and MasterCard are accepted.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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