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Visitor Policies

Welcome to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The Museum strives to provide a fascinating, inviting and thought-provoking visit where our guests can enjoy our experiences and exhibits. We appreciate your understanding of and cooperation with these policies we’ve established to maintain a safe and considerate atmosphere for all guests and staff at MSI.

Our commitment

The Museum of Science and Industry has an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion. We value and respect our diverse guests, volunteers and staff and expect the same from our guests. Use of inappropriate language and/or behavior will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the museum with no refund.

Conduct

We certainly hope you will be excited to explore MSI. That said, please refrain from running, screaming or generally disruptive behavior. We ask you to respect our exhibits and facilities as well as the experience of other visitors. Courteous, respectful behavior is expected of all guests to ensure an informative and meaningful experience at MSI. Please follow all official posted signs and the instructions of MSI staff. 

Prohibited behavior

Engaging in these behaviors may result in your removal from the Museum with no refund. Violations perceived as criminal will be reported to local authorities.

  • Offensive, abusive or threatening language or behavior towards other guests and/or Museum staff
  • Fighting, provoking a fight, or engaging in disorderly or boisterous conduct
  • Tampering with, defacing, damaging, destroying and/or removing any MSI property including exhibit and/or artifacts
  • Wearing or otherwise displaying profane, obscene or injurious language, texts or graphics on clothing or elsewhere on the person
  • Unauthorized distribution of pamphlets or any other literature
  • Intentionally interfering with or preventing the execution of duties by MSI staff
  • Loitering, gambling, selling, soliciting or campaigning
  • Possession, use and/or selling of illegal drugs
  • Possession of alcoholic beverages not sold on our premises
  • Indecent exposure, sexual acts or behavior
  • Smoking (including e-cigarettes) inside the MSI building, including the parking garage and within 15 feet of MSI entrances 
  • Eating and/or drinking in exhibits and other designated prohibited areas
  • Bringing any prohibited items (listed below)
  • Any other behavior determined by MSI staff to threaten the safety of MSI guests, staff and/or its property

Prohibited items

  • Firearms (law enforcement and on-duty security personnel excepted)
  • Weapons, including knives, pepper spray and stun guns/tasers
  • Hazardous materials of any kind
  • Explosives, including fireworks
  • Wagons
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Tripods and other professional photography equipment (without prior approval)
  • Any other items deemed by MSI staff to be dangerous or inappropriate in a public setting

Adult supervision

Minor children should not be left unattended. All guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while visiting the Museum, without exception, and will not be admitted without adult accompaniment.

Attire

Shoes and shirts are required for all guests visiting the Museum. 

Photography and video

Any video, photographs and recordings taken on MSI property (in areas where such activity is not prohibited) shall be for private, noncommercial use only.

Additional photography and video terms

Additional policies

The Museum reserves the right to add, withdraw or otherwise modify these terms and other policies as it deems in its best interests to do so.