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This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Location:
Lower Level, U-505
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The U-505 Submarine

On June 4, 1944, a German submarine known as U-505 was prowling off the coast of West Africa on a hunt for American and Allied ships, when depth charges from the USS Chatelain blasted the dreaded U-boat out of hiding.

It was the end of a violent run for U-505, which had terrorized the Atlantic Ocean as part of a massive U-boat campaign that almost altered the outcome of World War II.

The Museum of Science and Industry invites you to step inside the real U-505—the only German submarine in the United States, and, now, a national memorial to the 55,000 American sailors who gave their lives on the high seas in WWI and WWII.


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Optional On-Board Tour
Board the U-505 Submarine and experience life aboard this sub first-hand in the days leading up to her capture.

Activities

Video

Moving the U-505 Submarine
Over several days, the team guided the U-505 submarine 1,000 feet to its new home.

Text

Design a Submarine
Design a mini submarine that moves in the water like a real submarine.

Museum Hours
  • Extended hours through Sept. 1:
    Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 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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