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Nov 27, 2013 - Exploring Wonders at the Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)

Have you been to the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere? You really should as it is a wondrous sight to behold with your rental charter bus group, especially in its full size replicas and expansive exhibits. Located in Chicago, Illinois in the Jackson Park, the Museum of Science and Industry is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1983 World’s Columbian Exposition. One of the many variety of exhibits, the most popular and exciting ones are the full-size coal mine replica, the large 3,500 square-foot railroad model, the Apollo 8 spacecraft that ferried the first humans to the moon, a German submarine (U-505) that was captured during WWII, and even the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless steel passenger train, the Pioneer Zephyr.

Browsing Through the Diverse Exhibits

There are more than 2,000 exhibits on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in 75 different halls. One of the permanent exhibits here that mini bus rental visitors can always see is the the Coal Mine. This is an actual replica with a working deep-shaft, bituminous coal mine using equipment from Old Ben #17 circa 1933.

Another permanent exhibit here that you should look up is The New U-505 Experience, which opened in June 2005. There is also a Take Flight exhibit that recreates a flight from a Boeing 727 jet plane donated by United Airlines in a simulation from San Francisco to Chicago flight. As for the huge model railroad displayed here, what it does is recounts the story of how transportation was done from Chicago to Seattle in the heydays.

Don’t forget to also visit the film star and stock market investor Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle which is on display at the museum.

Transport yourself to the Transportation Zone

At this zone, charter bus visitors can experience the different air and land transportation of history, which includes the 999 Empire State Express steam locomotive as it was famous in history for being the first vehicle to travel more than 100mph. For air transport fans, you should check out the two World War II warplanes displayed here that was donated by the British government: the Stuka divebomber and the Supermarine Spitfire.

The Pioneer Zephyr, the first diesel powered streamlined stainless steel train, can be found in the Great Hall, or now known as the Entry Hall. You can take part in the free tour conducted every 10-20 minutes here.