Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

Old Ben #17

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Location: City of Chicago.
From North: take South Lake Shore Drive turn east on 57th street. From South: take I-94 West, exit at 51st street exit, turn east on 51st street, right onto S. Hyde Park Blvd., turn right on 57th street.
Open: Open all year, closed 25-DEC.
03-JAN to 06-APR Mon-Sat 9:30-16, Sun 11-16.
03-JAN to 06-APR Mon-Sat 9:30-17:30, Sun 11-17:30.
Fee: Adults USD 11, Children (3-11) USD 7, Seniors (65+) USD 9.50.
Chicago City Residents: Adults USD 10, Children (3-11) USD 6.25, Seniors (65+) USD 8.75.
Groups (10+): Adults USD , Children USD .
Classification: MineCoal Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093, Tel: +1-773-684-1414
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1933 museum opened.


The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is a most interesting museum with science and technology related exhibitions. The most impresive ones are the submarine, the Imax theatre and the coal mine.

Although mining of coal is common in Illinois, it does and did not occur in the city of Chicago. This mine is completely artificial, it is just an exhibition. However, one could argue that every mine is artificial, that is part of the definition of a mine. However, mining is generally done with the intention to mine valuable resources. In this case it was done on educational purposes.

The visitors to Old Ben #17 are introduced to mine safety first, as the coal seams produce the inflamable methane gas, there is absolutely no smoking in the mine.