Uggg, I’ve been trying to write this post for a week now! It’s certainly not that we didn’t have fun on our recent visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and we certainly enjoyed the company we were with. I guess I’m just not up for doing a “review” on a museum that so many people are familiar with.
There was one unique thing I liked about the museum as a whole. Instead of charging a high entry fee they charge a lower price and tack on additional fees for the special exhibits. So I you’re jut coming for the main museum it is much more cost conscious. We only had part of the day to spend looking around so the regular entry would serve us fine. The entire place is packed with fun and interactive displays. It would be a great trip to take with little ones or big kids 🙂
One of my favorite and most memorable areas was massive model train area. I didn’t take a single picture there, just couldn’t stop walking around with my mouth open. The amazing and often funny details just couldn’t be captured in true effect. I watched the trains for more than a half hour.
It’s a good thing I didn’t stay with the trains too long or I might have missed German U-Boat exhibit. Sounds exciting huh, well the exhibit actually contains a real captured u-boat. The area started by taking you down two stories via a series of steps and ramps the lead to large video screens . Each telling another piece of the story about the U-Boat and the men untrusted with the task to capture one The last video ends and you turn the corner into a large open room with the stricking view of this huge submarine. I felt like a kid wanting to run down the ramp and climb on it. We spent a good hour learning more about the battle that lead to the US capturing the vessel and the amazing technology gained from this daring mission.
Honestly we had a great time, it was bittersweet. After finishing this museum we said goodby to our friends from Australia and let them roll onto the next exciting part of their trip across the US.