Museum of Science and Industry to reopen Aug. 1

Admission will be free through Aug. 14.

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U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is set to reopen Aug. 1. Visitors will be allowed to mill around the U-505, but they won’t be able to take a a tour — to limit “contact.”

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The Museum of Science and Industry is set to reopen in August after being closed for more than four months due to the coronavirus. Admission will be free for the first two weeks.

But not everything will be open to the public, including the inside of the U-505 submarine and the coal mine exhibit. Museum officials say they’re keeping those places closed to “reduce contact.” The exhibits surrounding the submarine will be open to the public.

“As a science museum, we listened to health experts and scientists to develop a safe and welcoming environment for Chicago-area families to unleash their curiosity,” Matt Simpson, the museum’s vice president of strategy and marketing, said in a statement. “We want to make it easy to get out of the house and do something fun together.”

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The museum is set to reopen Aug. 1 with a daily capacity of 2,000 visitors. “High touch” areas of the museum are to be disinfected hourly, officials said.

Visitors must reserve a timed-entry ticket online at For now, the museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday, officials said.

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