Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum For over 160 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has served a unique role connecting children of all ages to nature and science, inspiring the wonder in all of us.

The Museum provides award-winning exhibitions and programs to 70,000 students annually and trains and provides resources for more than 2,000 Chicago teachers. The Nature Museum is one of the city’s best examples of eco-friendly building technology, including a green roof, solar panels, natural light sources and native landscaping. The Academy and its Museum are engaged in important conservation and research work, such as its Butterfly Restoration Project. Admission Adults: $9 Students: $7 Seniors: $7 Children: $6 (Age 3 and under are free!) Thursdays are suggested donation days. Our members always get in FREE!

Mission: To create a positive relationship between people and nature through collaborations, education, research and collections, exhibitions, and public forums to grow our region’s urban connection to the world of nature and science.

Operating as usual

01/14/2021
Opening the Vault: Insects | Curious By Nature

We're continuing our 164th birthday celebration! Today, we're getting a behind-the-scenes look at our entomology collection. Insect expert Allen is showcasing some amazing specimens at our collections facility in tihs special episode of Curious By Nature!

Tonight! Join us as our panel addresses the scientific field's problematic past and discusses how we can move forward by...
01/14/2021
Tainted Knowledge: Reconciling the Scientific Field's Problematic Past

Tonight! Join us as our panel addresses the scientific field's problematic past and discusses how we can move forward by learning from the past and each other.

Join the Nature Museum for an important conversation between scientists concerning some important issues in the scientific field.

01/12/2021
Lunching with Gorgeous

We're just enjoying some watermelon with Gorgeous the box turtle. She doesn't have any teeth, but she does have a strong beak that helps her bite her food. 🐢

01/12/2021
Conversations with Chicago Collections

We're marking our 164th birthday this week! As part of the festivities, we're excited to share this webinar featuring Chicago Collections and our senior director of collections, Dawn Roberts. She recently spoke with Chicago Collections about how our collection, dating from the 1830s to the present, provides a unique snapshot of the environment and how these holdings can play an active role in biodiversity studies.

Join the club! Our Curiosity Club is diving into our collections as part of our Founders Week celebration. Join us next ...
01/10/2021
Curiosity Club!

Join the club! Our Curiosity Club is diving into our collections as part of our Founders Week celebration. Join us next Saturday for Is It Real: A Collection Close Up. Use promo code FOUNDERS to enjoy free admission for this special session!

Join the Nature Museum for our new Curiosity Club! We'll explore unique nature and science topics in these fun 1-hour sessions.

How does one reflect on scientists who have made fundamental discoveries in their field through racist, sexist, colonial...
01/08/2021
Tainted Knowledge: Reconciling the Scientific Field's Problematic Past

How does one reflect on scientists who have made fundamental discoveries in their field through racist, sexist, colonialist practices? This question will guide our panelists from different scientific fields in a powerful conversation during Tainted Knowledge: Reconciling the Scientific Field's Problematic Past. Join us Thursday, during our Founders Week celebration, for this exciting discussion.

Join the Nature Museum for an important conversation between scientists concerning some important issues in the scientific field.

Dr. Allison will be joining our friends at The Adler Planetarium for the Sky Observers Hangout on January 11! They'll ta...
01/06/2021
Sky Observers Hangout: Don't Light Up the Night

Dr. Allison will be joining our friends at The Adler Planetarium for the Sky Observers Hangout on January 11! They'll talk all about light pollution and how it impacts some unexpected animals. Set a reminder and learn more at the link below.

🔆Light pollution is a problem that many folks may not even be aware of. Light shining upward is wasted energy and wasted money, and this excess light can af...

Test your observation skills and learn all about snakes and salamanders with our Spot the Difference handout! Download i...
01/04/2021

Test your observation skills and learn all about snakes and salamanders with our Spot the Difference handout! Download it here: https://bit.ly/36Yy610

01/02/2021
Meet Blackstar

Dr. Allison is introducing us to one of the beautiful snakes that lives in the Nature Museum Look-In Lab, Blackstar!

Saturday! Join us and our friends from Wildlife Discovery Center for virtual animal encounters. Register your household ...
12/31/2020
Home for the Holidays - Animal Encounters!

Saturday! Join us and our friends from Wildlife Discovery Center for virtual animal encounters. Register your household at the link below.

Get an up close and personal look at some of the star animals who reside at Wildlife Discovery Center – all from the comfort of home!

While our world changes, science never stops. Your end-of-year gift of any amount supports our work connecting students ...
12/29/2020
Make a Gift - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

While our world changes, science never stops. Your end-of-year gift of any amount supports our work connecting students and families with the wonders of nature and science.

Your gifts make a difference! We are going to do our part to help get through this situation. To start, we are helping families get through home school by providing daily […]

Explore John Agnew's incredible artwork virtually. Click through to discover our Crocodilian Scratchboards exhibit.
12/27/2020
Crocodilian Scratchboards - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Explore John Agnew's incredible artwork virtually. Click through to discover our Crocodilian Scratchboards exhibit.

John Agnew is an artist of the natural world. Driven by a childhood fascination for dinosaurs, he has dedicated his professional and artistic practice to the study of reptiles. Agnew […]

Meet owls, hawks, and more during Raptors in Your Neighborhood on Tuesday, December 29! We're thrilled to be hosting thi...
12/26/2020
Home for the Holidays - Raptors in Your Neighborhood

Meet owls, hawks, and more during Raptors in Your Neighborhood on Tuesday, December 29! We're thrilled to be hosting this virtual program with our friends Wings And Talons. Grab your household's ticket at the link below.

Join us to see all kinds of raptors – from owls to hawks to falcons – live and up close!

Let's put the pieces together! Check out our handout all about metamorphosis, then test your knowledge with our printabl...
12/23/2020

Let's put the pieces together! Check out our handout all about metamorphosis, then test your knowledge with our printable puzzle! https://bit.ly/2JMjCIX

12/22/2020
DIY Wreath Craft

Dawn's here to show us how to make an amazing nature wreath craft using some common household and natural objects! Once you've made your own wreath, be sure to share it with us via the comments. We'd love to see your works of art!

Tomorrow! We're snacking with our salamanders and learning more about these amazing amphibians. Register for free at the...
12/20/2020
Home for the Holidays - Snack Time with the Salamanders

Tomorrow! We're snacking with our salamanders and learning more about these amazing amphibians. Register for free at the link below.

Watch the salamanders at the Nature Museum munch down on some of their favorite meals!

12/19/2020

Snowflakes swirl, snowballs fly, and some snowy owls sing all about what makes Chicago so special in this wintertime favorite from Jabberwocky Marionettes!

This Saturday! Join us for a virtual puppet show featuring our friends at Jabberwocky Marionettes. Thank you to Event Sp...
12/16/2020
Home for the Holidays - A Winter Puppet Show

This Saturday! Join us for a virtual puppet show featuring our friends at Jabberwocky Marionettes. Thank you to Event Sponsor Rose Pest Solutions.

Join us for a whimsical winter wonderland brought to you by our friends at Jabberwocky Marionettes!

Explore how animals prepare for different seasons, by checking out our paper doll activity! Help the animals put on thei...
12/14/2020

Explore how animals prepare for different seasons, by checking out our paper doll activity! Help the animals put on their "winter coats" and more: bit.ly/3qJmFlZ

Support the Nature Museum this holiday season! Find gifts for yourself, your loved ones, and more at our online store. P...
12/12/2020

Support the Nature Museum this holiday season! Find gifts for yourself, your loved ones, and more at our online store. Plus, automatically save 20% all month long! https://bit.ly/2V7xPQV

Join us for Home for the Holidays! Meet amazing animals, watch a captivating puppet show, and more from the comfort and ...
12/11/2020

Join us for Home for the Holidays! Meet amazing animals, watch a captivating puppet show, and more from the comfort and warmth of your own home. Thank you to Event Sponsor Rose Pest Solutions. Get the details: https://bit.ly/37LLh4J

12/09/2020
Meet Herbert the Hognose Snake

Hello, Herbert! Airen and Lalainya are here to introduce us to Herbert, the adorable hognose snake. Have questions about Herbert or other snakes? Drop them in the comments and our scientists will answer them!

🎶 Blue frog / I saw you swimming alone / Without a croak in your heart / Without a pad of your own🎶 Dr. Allison explains...
12/08/2020

🎶 Blue frog / I saw you swimming alone / Without a croak in your heart / Without a pad of your own🎶 Dr. Allison explains that this bullfrog's blue color mutation is likely a recessive trait and she only sees them "once in a blue frog..." 🐸

Our online store is open! Get your holiday shopping started by exploring our pinned butterfly and moth displays (like th...
12/04/2020

Our online store is open! Get your holiday shopping started by exploring our pinned butterfly and moth displays (like this one featuring Madagascan sunset moths), Nature Museum apparel, rooftop honey, and more! https://bit.ly/2V7xPQV

12/03/2020
Do Plants Die in the Winter?

Do plants die in the winter? That's one of the most common questions that visitors ask Seth, our manager of horticulture. We're taking a closer look at plant life cycles in today's season finale episode of Curious By Nature!

Join us this Saturday for a special virtual art workshop! Scientific illustrator Alex Boersma will guide kids and grownu...
12/02/2020

Join us this Saturday for a special virtual art workshop! Scientific illustrator Alex Boersma will guide kids and grownups in designing beautiful “puzzle purse” holiday cards featuring our favorite winter animals. https://bit.ly/37x9ziP

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced our world to go virtual, we responded with agility, ingenuity, and creativity. Today, ...
12/01/2020
Make a Gift - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced our world to go virtual, we responded with agility, ingenuity, and creativity. Today, we are providing more remote learning experiences, direct support for teachers, and educational content than any other museum in the city. Help us continue that vital outreach.

Your gifts make a difference! We are going to do our part to help get through this situation. To start, we are helping families get through home school by providing daily […]

Thank you to Rose Pest Solutions for making Back to Nature Friday possible! If you weren't able to enjoy the festivities...
11/29/2020

Thank you to Rose Pest Solutions for making Back to Nature Friday possible! If you weren't able to enjoy the festivities, don't worry! You can explore our activities and videos, including direction on how to make this beautiful nature wreath, here: https://bit.ly/2VaGBzD

11/28/2020
Creating Scratchboards | Curious By Nature

If you've explored our exhibit Crocodilian Scratchboards, you've seen the incredible artwork you can make using just a few tools! Learn how to make your own scratchboard, with multi media exhibit designer Tara as your guide, in today's Curious By Nature!

Thank you so much to Chicago Tribune and Steve Johnson for highlighting our Curious By Nature series and the work we're ...
11/25/2020
With museums closed again, here are 5 great online museum experiences

Thank you so much to Chicago Tribune and Steve Johnson for highlighting our Curious By Nature series and the work we're doing digitally!

You can't go to a Chicago museum in person anymore, but they've been scrambling during the pandemic to come up with new and interesting ways to showcase their treasures.

See hedgehogs, coatis, and more during Back to Nature Friday! Skip the sales and join us for this virtual celebration of...
11/24/2020

See hedgehogs, coatis, and more during Back to Nature Friday! Skip the sales and join us for this virtual celebration of animals and the great outdoors: https://bit.ly/3942Xej
Thank you to Event Sponsor Rose Pest Solutions.

We were thrilled to welcome Dana Rainey, MDW Donations Coordinator at Imperfect Foods to the Nature Museum Look-In Lab t...
11/21/2020

We were thrilled to welcome Dana Rainey, MDW Donations Coordinator at Imperfect Foods to the Nature Museum Look-In Lab today. Imperfect Foods donates more than 100 pounds of produce a month to the museum to feed our animals. Dana helped our animal care team prepare turtle salads and got an up-close look at how we use their generous donations. Thanks for spending some time with us, Dana!

11/19/2020
Exploring Beetles | Curious By Nature

Did you know that beetles go through complete metamorphosis in much the same way as butterflies? Learn more about darkling beetles, with scientist Allen as your guide, in today's Curious By Nature!

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2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL
60614

The Nature Museum is accessible by CTA bus routes #76, #151 and #156. The closest Divvy Bike station is located in front of the Nature Museum on Cannon Drive.

General information

The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857 as Chicago’s first museum, dedicated to the preservation and display of native specimens. Today the Academy’s collection, due to its age and type, places it among the most important in the world. In 1999, the Academy opened the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. It has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors and is a unique venue for the public, especially urban dwellers, to find new ways to reconnect with the natural world. The institution has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1978.

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For 160 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has worked to connect the citizens of Chicago to nature and science through immersive exhibits, family events, and in-depth education programs. Founded in 1857 to give scientists and nature aficionados a place to study and share the specimens they collected, the Chicago Academy of Sciences developed a national and international reputation for its leadership in conservation, its collection and citizen science. Dubbed the first Museum in the West, the Academy's collection has expanded to 390,000 artifacts and specimens, making it the definitive collection of our region's natural history and a valuable resource for researchers. Ongoing research, restoration, and conservation initiatives directly benefit local ecology. Admission Adults: $9 Students: $7 Seniors: $7 Children: $6 (Age 3 and under are free!) Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents. Our members always get in FREE!


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Thanks to the Curious by Nature inspiration, Olivia created this naturally beautiful center piece for our family dinner.
Thank you for an amazing interactive Virtual Field Trip today with my APENVIRONMENTAL students
Good morning! I am walking my dog and there is an injured bird at Surf & Pine Grove. Can someone come and help? It is on the southwest corner.
I live in Palos Heights and noticed this bug hanging out by camera in the back yard. this happened a few days. notice the antennae.
Black Witch Moth seen in Chicago in Lincoln Square today, Sept. 13, 2020 at 6pm. On our window screen. Our home is by Montrose and Lincoln.
We can’t make the drop-in program today. I really hope you’ll have another in the future - we’d love to attend!
Help! This yellow tall mushroom appeared in May and I scooped it out. Now another has popped up AND there is a colony of other little dots and small mushrooms. HELP! What can I do??
I’m trying to attend the bug event and the zoo link sent to me says it’s invalid.
We bought a rue plant in the spring and suddenly we find 7 black swallowtail caterpillars. Seven successfully pupated, but only Five emerged. Why did the other two not make it? One came out but it was wingless and died soon after breaking out. The other one did not come out at all. Was it because they munched on parsley we gave them?
Any timeline on opening up yet? We were hoping to come next weekend when we are in town!
Is this cool ice formation called Pancake Ice? It was offshore in Shoreham MI today below the bluff. 2/24/20