If I live outside of Illinois, can I visit MSI?
We expect that our guests will follow the requirements in Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. If you are unable to do so, please reschedule your visit.
Do I have to wear a face covering?
- They must be worn at all times at the Museum unless actively eating while seated in designated areas.
- Masks with vents, bandanas, and face shields worn alone are not permitted. (Learn more about proper mask wearing.)
- If wearing a costume, a snug-fitting face covering must be worn in addition to any character mask.
- Any guest refusing to wear a face covering meeting these requirements will be asked to leave the Museum with no refund.
What exhibits and experiences are open?
All but a few exhibits and experiences are open and ready for your visit. Many have been modified or adapted to create physical distancing, including reduced capacity in the Giant Dome Theater. Tours inside Coal Mine and on-board the U-505 submarine are suspended, although the U-505 Submarine exhibit remains open. The Idea Factory and Future Energy Chicago exhibits are closed.
How are you keeping guests and employees safe?
We have implemented comprehensive new procedures to ensure guests and staff remain safe. These include:
- Limiting daily admission to below 25% of building capacity.
- Requiring timed admission tickets online, to regulate guest admittance.
- All staff and guests ages 2 and older are required to wear face coverings.
- Modifying exhibits and experiences to maintain physical distancing, and temporarily closing a few where this is not currently possible.
- Frequent disinfecting of high-touch areas.
- Readily available hand sanitizer throughout the Museum.
- Daily health survey of employees, who must stay home if they are sick.
- We also ask guests who are sick to stay home.
What if I am not feeling well or have recently been outside Illinois?
Please visit at another time if you are sick, experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms, think you may have been exposed, or have within the past 14 days been to states affected by the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. If you already have tickets, our Call Center is ready at (773) 684-1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help you rebook.
What if I don’t bring or forget a face covering?
Masks are available for purchase in the Museum Store.
How are you creating physical distance for guests?
Exhibits have been modified to create safe distancing for guests, and a few have been temporarily closed where that is not possible. Elevators are limited to one family or group, and some are designated as “up” or “down” only.
What are your cleaning procedures?
We are using CDC-approved products to disinfect high-touch areas every 30 to 60 minutes during business hours. All surfaces are disinfected nightly, and hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the building.
Planning Your Visit
What are your hours?
View the Museum's Hours.
Does the Museum offer free days?
MSI offers 52 free days each year to Illinois residents who show valid proof of residency.
How do I get to the Museum?
Can my children visit the Museum alone?
For the safety of our guests, all children should be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age or older.
Where can I get information on Chicago and where to stay while visiting the Museum?
Can I save on visiting MSI along with other Chicago attractions?
CityPASS includes premier entry to MSI and one special timed-entry experience, plus admission to four more top Chicago attractions, with total savings of 50% or more. CityPASS is valid for one general admission to each attraction during its nine-day validity period, so you don’t need to lock into a specific visit date. Purchase online for immediate delivery to your mobile device.
If I am early/late for my entry time, will I get into the Museum?
If you arrive early, we may ask you to wait for your entry time. If you are running late, we can’t always guarantee same-day admission due to our capacity limits, so please call us at (773) 684-1414 or email us at email@example.com to reschedule your visit.
With a timed-entry ticket, must I also leave the Museum at a certain time?
You are welcome to stay as long as you’d like. If you leave the building, such as to go to your car or get something to eat outside on our front lawn, your ticket will be rescanned for entry.
What is the Museum's Illinois Free Day schedule?
View the Museum's schedule of Illinois resident free days.
Do active military personnel, veterans, firefighters, police officers or teachers get in free?
United States military active-duty personnel and veterans, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) receive free Museum Entry for themselves by showing a valid occupation/military status I.D. when purchasing tickets onsite.
Where can I purchase tickets?
To purchase tickets to the Museum of Science and Industry, you may buy them online, by phone at (773) 684-1414, or at the Museum's ticket counters. Purchasing in advance ensures that you can avoid lines and receive tickets for the Giant Dome Theater film or special exhibits you'd most like to see.
What if I have trouble using your online ticketing?
Our online ticketing is compatible with almost any computer, smartphone, tablet or device. If you experience trouble using our online ticketing, please order by phone at (773) 684-1414 (option 3, then 1) during Museum hours. Outside Museum hours, fill out our Ticketing Help form, noting the device and operating system you are using.
What is your online ticketing fee?
There is no processing fee for Museum tickets purchased online.
I have a Chicago CityPASS. Can I add more exhibits online?
Additions to CityPASS tickets cannot be made via online ticketing. CityPASS holders can add special exhibits or other experiences during their express entry at Museum ticket counters.
Can I use online ticketing with my voucher, offer or coupon?
Vouchers, offers and coupons must be redeemed in person at Museum ticket counters. This also applies to reciprocal admission offered to members of participating ASTC institutions.
How do I reprint my tickets?
Your tickets can be reprinted by retrieving the email sent at the time of purchase. If you are unable to retrieve it, go to Buy Tickets and choose Resend Ticket Email. Guests who cannot access their order that way should call the Museum at (773) 684-1414 (option 3, 1).
What if I couldn't print or have lost my ticket?
As long as your purchase was completed, your ticket is still in our system. You can resend your ticket email (see How do I reprint my tickets? above) when your printer is working, or you may bring identification to the Museum's Will Call counter to have tickets reprinted there on the day of your visit.
I think I get reciprocal admission to MSI. Can I use online ticketing?
Reciprocal admission for members of participating ASTC institutions must be redeemed in person with your valid and current membership card from your institution. Before your trip, first check with your institution's membership department to confirm current reciprocity at MSI.
When is Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes going to be at MSI?
MSI has rescheduled the opening of Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes. The new dates are March 4, 2021 through September 6, 2021.
Groups and Field Trips
Does the Museum offer group discounts? How do I book a group?
Find out about group visits to the Museum.
Where can I find tips for planning a field trip for my class?
For helpful hints on planning a field trip to the Museum, visit our Field Trips page.
Where can I find other teacher resources?
What are your resources for visits from home school families?
Your best place to start is our Home School Groups and Families page, which has information on admission policies, special Learning Labs, and tips for your visit. You can also sign up there for our quarterly home school e-newsletter.
At the Museum
Can I get food and beverages while there?
Snacks and beverages from Lower Level vending machines can be enjoyed in the nearby designated eating area outside Ships Gallery.
Due to current Chicago restrictions on indoor dining, our restaurants—including the Brain Food Court, Museum Café and Finnigan's Ice Cream Parlor—are temporarily closed.
Can I bring my own food? Where can I eat it?
You may bring in your own food to eat at designated eating areas. Limited seating is available at tables spaced for physical distancing. You may also eat outdoors on our front lawn.
Is photography allowed in the Museum?
Yes. Photos and videotapes for personal use may be taken inside the Museum, except in the Giant Dome Theater and in certain special exhibits or presentations. Due to safety concerns, tripods are not allowed. Photos, videotapes or audiotapes for any other use require advance notice and the express prior written permission of the Museum's Public Relations Department.
Do you have an area for nursing mothers at the Museum?
Nursing moms can breastfeed their babies in any public area of the Museum, with or without a cover based on their preference. Additionally, MSI offers a special nursing space in the Idea Factory exhibit. Moms who bottle feed may also feed their babies anywhere.
May I bring my own stroller, wheelchair or wagon?
Your own stroller and wheelchair is permitted inside the Museum, except in certain exhibits where posted. For the safety of our guests, wagons are not permitted.
Stroller and wheelchair rental are available in the Entry Hall. Please see our Amenities page for more details.
Is the Museum accessible to guests with disabilities?
Yes. Please read our Accessibility page to learn more.
Are there AEDs at the Museum?
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are located throughout the Museum.
After Your Visit
How do I reach the Museum's Lost and Found?
Call the Museum's Coat Check at (773) 753-6862 to inquire about a lost item. While at the Museum, visit the Coat Check in the Entry Hall. Items turned in to our Lost and Found will be kept for 60 days.
How can I purchase Museum merchandise?
If you forgot to pick up a DVD of a Giant Dome Theater film, a fluffy chick or a plush Einstein while at the Museum, visit our online store. For a shopping experience that's beyond unique, visit the Museum Store, U-505 Store or The Kid's Stop Shop at the Museum. They've got everything from the educational to the out-of-this-world!
How can I sign up for the Museum's e-newsletter?
Keep up with the latest Museum news! Use the form at the bottom of this page, or any page on the website, to subscribe to our e-newsletter.
About the Museum
Where can I find Museum press releases or talk to someone in the Public Relations Department?
By accessing the Museum's online Press Center.
How can I request a ticket donation from the Museum for our fundraiser?
See our Donation Requests page for details and requirements.