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 cityโ€™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 regionโ€™s urban connection to the world of nature and science.

Temporarily closed

Although our building is closed right now, we're excited to offer outdoor nature programs this weekend! Take a socially-...
09/24/2020
Drop By Nature Programs

Although our building is closed right now, we're excited to offer outdoor nature programs this weekend! Take a socially-distanced Nature Walk with us this Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am.

Join Nature Museum facilitators for Nature Walks through the museum grounds in the morning and pop-up Critter Connections in the afternoon!

Missing our turtles and other animals? Stop by our outdoor Butterfly Garden this Saturday and Sunday, from 12-12:30pm an...
09/23/2020

Missing our turtles and other animals? Stop by our outdoor Butterfly Garden this Saturday and Sunday, from 12-12:30pm and 1-1:30pm, for a free walk-through Critter Connection! Guests will follow a one-way path through the garden and get a short, hands-free encounter with one of our critters. We're turtle-y excited to see you!

Which Harrison are you today? ๐Ÿค”
09/20/2020

Which Harrison are you today? ๐Ÿค”

Monarchs are on the move! ๐Ÿฆ‹ Chief curator Doug recently spoke to WTTW - Chicago PBS about their travels through Chicago,...
09/18/2020

Monarchs are on the move! ๐Ÿฆ‹ Chief curator Doug recently spoke to WTTW - Chicago PBS about their travels through Chicago, their roosting spots, and Flutter into Fall from Home. Check out the full article here: https://bit.ly/3iK9AUK

09/17/2020
Monarch Feeding

Saturday! Join us virtually as we tag monarchs, host an interactive butterfly workshop, read a Story Time favorite, and more during Flutter into Fall from Home! It's free, but registration is required to participate in our Magnificent Monarchs virtual family workshop. Details: https://bit.ly/35lYPnW

We're getting ready to tag and release monarch butterflies for their fall migration! Want to experience the process from...
09/14/2020

We're getting ready to tag and release monarch butterflies for their fall migration! Want to experience the process from home? RSVP for Flutter into Fall from Home on Saturday, September 19. You'll be able to see our scientists tag monarchs, take part in a family butterfly workshop, and more! https://bit.ly/2DLA35a

We're getting ready to Flutter into Fall later this month. Join us Saturday, September 19, from the comfort of your home...
09/12/2020
Flutter into Fall From Home

We're getting ready to Flutter into Fall later this month. Join us Saturday, September 19, from the comfort of your home, to experience monarch tagging, a virtual story time, live classes with our educators, crafts, and more! It's all free!

Celebrate butterflies & the start of fall with the Nature Museum!

While the Nature Museum building is closed right now, we're excited to offer outdoor nature programs this Saturday, Sept...
09/10/2020

While the Nature Museum building is closed right now, we're excited to offer outdoor nature programs this Saturday, September 12! Take a socially-distanced Nature Walk starting at 10am. Then stick around for drop-by, hands-free Critter Connections at 12pm and 1pm! Space is limited for both activities, and registration is required for the Nature Walk. You can register your group here: https://bit.ly/2FhLSkf

Happy Turtle Tuesday! It's the perfect opportunity to get to know some local reptiles with our downloadable Reptiles Won...
09/08/2020

Happy Turtle Tuesday! It's the perfect opportunity to get to know some local reptiles with our downloadable Reptiles Wonder Workbook: http://bit.ly/2EsAfXg

09/03/2020
Making Butterflies with Katherine Lampert | Curious By Nature

Did you know that butterfly wings are symmetrical? Although there are some exceptions, most of the time a butterfly's left wing is identical in color and pattern to its right wing. Our friend, artist Katherine Lampert, is back to make a butterfly craft based on this idea for our season finale episode of Curious By Nature.

Hi Harrison! Did you know that you can tell whether a box turtle is male or female by looking at its eyes? Although ther...
09/01/2020

Hi Harrison! Did you know that you can tell whether a box turtle is male or female by looking at its eyes? Although there are always exceptions, males typically have red eyes, while females typically have brown eyes.

08/31/2020
Butterfly Walk with Allen | Curious By Nature

There are so many different types of butterflies you can encounter around the Nature Museum. Bug expert Allen is highlighting some of these species, and telling us more about butterflies, in today's episode of Curious By Nature.

08/27/2020
Meet Bob the Blanding's Turtle | Curious By Nature

If you've been to the Nature Museum, you've probably seen the adorable smiling Blanding's turtles. Get to know this species, and our special conservation work with them, in today's episode of Curious By Nature.

Are you a kindergarten through 8th grade teacher? Our educators are here to help you start the school year, whether you'...
08/25/2020

Are you a kindergarten through 8th grade teacher? Our educators are here to help you start the school year, whether you're teaching remotely, in-person, or a hybrid of both. Register for Remote Science on the Go: bit.ly/3aIUkEJ

Join Marjorie and Becca this Wednesday for Curious by Nature LIVE: Sensational Snakes! Learn about snake bodies, how the...
08/24/2020

Join Marjorie and Becca this Wednesday for Curious by Nature LIVE: Sensational Snakes! Learn about snake bodies, how they hunt and eat, and where they live! Register your young scientist here: https://bit.ly/31x0TWH

Congratulations to the Blanding's tturtle class of 2020! Yesterday, animal caretaker Lily and Forest Preserve District o...
08/21/2020

Congratulations to the Blanding's tturtle class of 2020! Yesterday, animal caretaker Lily and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Dan Thompson released 98 Blanding's turtles into the wild! If you stopped into the Nature Museum any time in the last year, you likely saw these cuties in the Blanding's lab. Good luck, little ones!

08/21/2020
Preserving the Past | Curious By Nature

A lot of work goes into preserving the specimens in our natural history collections. Get a look behind the scenes, with Dawn as your guide, in today's episode of Curious By Nature.

Join Marjorie and Becca next Wednesday for Curious by Nature LIVE: Sensational Snakes! Learn about snake bodies, how the...
08/19/2020

Join Marjorie and Becca next Wednesday for Curious by Nature LIVE: Sensational Snakes! Learn about snake bodies, how they hunt and eat, and where they live! Register your young scientist here: https://bit.ly/31x0TWH

08/17/2020
Exploring Extinct Species | Curious By Nature

Have you heard of the passenger pigeon? Or Carolina parakeet? Dawn is highlighting these extinct bird species, and comparing them to some species you might recognize, in today's episode of Curious By Nature.

08/16/2020
Weighing Smooth Greensnakes

What has Dr. Allison been up to? How has she been working with smooth greensnakes? And how does she weigh them? Find out in this short video.

"I caught a mantis! Man, 'tis so cool!" Explore mantises and other backyard bugs with Marjorie and Allen as your guides!...
08/14/2020

"I caught a mantis! Man, 'tis so cool!" Explore mantises and other backyard bugs with Marjorie and Allen as your guides! Register for Wednesday's Curious By Nature LIVE: Backyard Bugs: https://bit.ly/343affP

08/12/2020
Shake and Rattle?

Sound on! Take a listen to this fox snake... While it sounds like a rattle, this non-venomous snake is just rapidly shaking its tail and the sound comes from the tail hitting the vegetation. Tail vibration is a defensive display to scare off potential predators. How cool is that?! ๐Ÿ“ธ : Dr. Allison

On a *scale* of 1-9...which smooth greensnake are you today? ๐Ÿค”
08/09/2020

On a *scale* of 1-9...which smooth greensnake are you today? ๐Ÿค”

Say hello to the gorgeous imperial moth. Like the luna moth and the polyphemus moth, the imperial moth is a member of th...
08/05/2020

Say hello to the gorgeous imperial moth. Like the luna moth and the polyphemus moth, the imperial moth is a member of the Saturniidae family. Explore more butterflies and moths with our themed Wonder Workbook! Download it here: https://bit.ly/3j2HqFn

"I caught a diving beetle! Now I'm making a splash!" Will you discover diving beetles during tomorrow's Aquatic Investig...
08/04/2020

"I caught a diving beetle! Now I'm making a splash!" Will you discover diving beetles during tomorrow's Aquatic Investigators installment of Curious By Nature LIVE? Register your young scientist: https://bit.ly/2Pm6wRF

08/03/2020
Pressing & Mounting Flowers | Curious By Nature

Start your own collection of flowers, grasses, and leaves! Check out today's episode of Curious By Nature to learn how to press and mount plants from our senior director of collections, Dawn. You can also download and print out her handy guides to pressing and mounting plants: https://bit.ly/3gbUVAB

08/01/2020
Fox Snake Defensive Display

Take a listen to this fox snake... While it sounds like a rattle, these non-venomous snakes are just rapidly shaking their tail and the sound comes from the tail hitting the vegetation. It's a defensive display.
๐Ÿ“ธ : Dr. Allison Sacerdote-Velat

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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 Chicagoโ€™s first museum, dedicated to the preservation and display of native specimens. Today the Academyโ€™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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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 canโ€™t make the drop-in program today. I really hope youโ€™ll have another in the future - weโ€™d love to attend!
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
Practicing Lizard Kissing with Big Mama. She left her throne to say hello. Big Mama is a Black Throat Monitor, one of the largest monitor lizards in Africa.
Went to #naturemuseum n conservatory with my sister Rachel n my Auntie Marie! Love them so much! Thnx fr the beautiful day ladies!!
The dragons alive exhibit was very sad. One extremely large lizard was in a small cage asleep because there was nothing else to do. Another iguana was trying to climb the glass walls. I came for the butterflies and failed to read closely about the other exhibits and wish I did not support a place with this sad exhibit.
I enjoyed the beautiful butterfly exhibition.
Caught these beauties hanging out in the tank.
Lovely butterflies
Do you all do any type of pumpkin composting ? Trying to figure out if there is anywhere in the city to take all of my pumpkins to keep them out of landfills. Thanks!
I'd really appreciate it if you could help me identify this insect I took my kids outside today and we are walking around the house in the south suburbs and noticed we didn't see many spiders but we saw lots of interesting beetles.