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 an

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 an

Operating as usual

What's so special about these specimens? They're just a sample of the specimens that were donated to our institution fol...
10/12/2021

What's so special about these specimens? They're just a sample of the specimens that were donated to our institution following the Great Chicago Fire. Like many other Chicago businesses and institutions, the Chicago Academy of Sciences building was destroyed during the fire. This included the natural history collections, exhibits, and archives. Thanks to the generosity of institutions like Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and The Academy of Natural Sciences we were able to rebuild and expand. Learn the whole story by checking out our latest episode of Curious By Nature: https://bit.ly/3ljaIlZ

Know before you go! Due to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon taking place in front of the Museum, the Nature Museum w...
10/09/2021

Know before you go! Due to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon taking place in front of the Museum, the Nature Museum will open at 12pm on Sunday, October 10. Please refer to transitchicago.com for CTA schedules and updates.

Know before you go! Due to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon taking place in front of the Museum, the Nature Museum will open at 12pm on Sunday, October 10. Please refer to transitchicago.com for CTA schedules and updates.

10/07/2021
The Great Chicago Fire | Curious By Nature

This Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. This extensive fire hit homes, businesses, and even the fireproof Chicago Academy of Sciences building! Marjorie's exploring some common questions about the Great Chicago Fire, how it started, how it impacted Chicago, and how it impacted our institution in this special Great Chicago Fire episode of Curious By Nature!

Our annual celebration of snakes is back! Join us Saturday, October 30, for Saturday with the Snakes. Grab your Hallowee...
10/06/2021
Saturday with the Snakes

Our annual celebration of snakes is back! Join us Saturday, October 30, for Saturday with the Snakes. Grab your Halloween costume and we'll sssee you there!

Celebrate the sensational snakes of Illinois with the Nature Museum!

Without a Trace, presents a selection of works by photojournalist Zbigniew Bzdak and the Chicago Tribune. Bzdak's photog...
10/05/2021

Without a Trace, presents a selection of works by photojournalist Zbigniew Bzdak and the Chicago Tribune. Bzdak's photography showcases Chicago at the beginning of shelter-in-place, highlighting recognizable landmarks with few or no people in sight. You can explore this powerful exhibit in person at the Nature Museum.

Without a Trace, presents a selection of works by photojournalist Zbigniew Bzdak and the Chicago Tribune. Bzdak's photography showcases Chicago at the beginning of shelter-in-place, highlighting recognizable landmarks with few or no people in sight. You can explore this powerful exhibit in person at the Nature Museum.

Story Time returns this Tuesday! Join us every day at 11am to hear our team members read some of our favorite stories. D...
10/03/2021

Story Time returns this Tuesday! Join us every day at 11am to hear our team members read some of our favorite stories. Don't forget, you can find up-to-date information on our daily programs schedule over on our website. https://bit.ly/2WLvLDV

Story Time returns this Tuesday! Join us every day at 11am to hear our team members read some of our favorite stories. Don't forget, you can find up-to-date information on our daily programs schedule over on our website. https://bit.ly/2WLvLDV

Our president & CEO Deb Lahey recently announced she will be retiring at the end of June 2022. Over the last 12 years, s...
09/30/2021
President & CEO Deb Lahey announces retirement - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Our president & CEO Deb Lahey recently announced she will be retiring at the end of June 2022. Over the last 12 years, she has led us to become the 6th most visited museum in Chicago and so much more. Check out our blog post to learn more about Deb's incredible impact.

Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum president and CEO, Deborah Lahey, is planning to retire on June 30, 2022. Deb has led the Museum since 2010. If […]

Get ready to take flight with some radical raptors! Join our friends from Wings and Talons for a special look at some am...
09/29/2021

Get ready to take flight with some radical raptors! Join our friends from Wings and Talons for a special look at some amazing birds of prey! https://bit.ly/3hPt8IS

Get ready to take flight with some radical raptors! Join our friends from Wings and Talons for a special look at some amazing birds of prey! https://bit.ly/3hPt8IS

Did you catch our associate curator of entomology, Allen Lawrance, on Chicago Today last week? He joined Cortney and Mat...
09/27/2021
Why Are There So Many Butterflies in Chicago Right Now?

Did you catch our associate curator of entomology, Allen Lawrance, on Chicago Today last week? He joined Cortney and Matthew to talk all about butterflies! https://bit.ly/3kI0knJ

We invited Associate Curator of Entomology Allen Lawrence from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to explain why butterflies have taken over the city.

Black swallowtail caterpillars are likely to be out and about even as the weather gets colder. That's okay! Learn more a...
09/25/2021
Black swallowtail spotlight - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Black swallowtail caterpillars are likely to be out and about even as the weather gets colder. That's okay! Learn more about their life cycle, and other cool facts, in this blog post

Black swallowtail butterflies (Papilio polyxenes) are an extraordinarily beautiful and common butterfly that, with the right plants, many people can observe in their own backyards.

The birds are back in town! Join us Saturday, October 9, to meet some beautiful birds of prey!
09/21/2021
Wings and Talons: A Night in the Life of a Raptor

The birds are back in town! Join us Saturday, October 9, to meet some beautiful birds of prey!

Join our unique friends at Wings and Talons for a special look at some amazing birds of prey!

We're excited to welcome back our friends Buddha Belly Kids Yoga for our fall series of Family Yoga! This class provides...
09/19/2021
Fall Family Yoga

We're excited to welcome back our friends Buddha Belly Kids Yoga for our fall series of Family Yoga! This class provides a medium for families to unplug and bond in the most playful of ways. Children and their grown-ups will interact through moving, breathing, and connecting. This class kicks off October 2 and is designed for children ages 2-8 years; however, all ages are most welcome! Reserve your family's spot today! https://bit.ly/3Eoq1Bz

Join us for an energizing family-friendly yoga class!

It's back! We're excited to announce the return of Butterfly Haven Yoga! Starting this Saturday, you can join us for thi...
09/16/2021
Butterfly Haven Yoga

It's back! We're excited to announce the return of Butterfly Haven Yoga! Starting this Saturday, you can join us for this weekly, rejuvenating yoga class in the midst of the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven's fluttering butterflies. Save your spot today! https://bit.ly/3ndANEp

Join us for a rejuvenating class in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven.

How photogenic is this adorable Blanding's turtle hatchling?! We recently welcomed 120 of these cuties into the Blanding...
09/14/2021

How photogenic is this adorable Blanding's turtle hatchling?! We recently welcomed 120 of these cuties into the Blanding's Lab. If you haven't already, now is the perfect time to drop by the Nature Museum to see them in person! We're now open 7 days a week, from 10am to 4pm. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

How photogenic is this adorable Blanding's turtle hatchling?! We recently welcomed 120 of these cuties into the Blanding's Lab. If you haven't already, now is the perfect time to drop by the Nature Museum to see them in person! We're now open 7 days a week, from 10am to 4pm. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

How is our changing climate impacting our everyday lives? Chicago Conservation Corps Leader Cheryl Watson recently share...
09/13/2021
A Battle Between a Great City and a Great Lake

How is our changing climate impacting our everyday lives? Chicago Conservation Corps Leader Cheryl Watson recently shared her own experiences with the New York Times.

The climate crisis haunts Chicago’s future as a warming world pushes Lake Michigan toward new extremes — higher highs, lower lows, greater uncertainty.

The monarchs are on the move! Dr. Doug recently told our friends at Fox 32 Chicago all about this incredible journey. Be...
09/09/2021
Monarch butterfly migration makes its way to Chicago

The monarchs are on the move! Dr. Doug recently told our friends at Fox 32 Chicago all about this incredible journey. Be sure to join us on Sunday to learn more about monarchs and see Dr. Doug and Allen tag some before they continue their trip to Mexico. Get the details on Flutter into Fall here: naturemuseum.org/flutter

Dr. Doug Taron from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum talks about the migratory habits of the monarch butterflies and where Chicagoans can expect to see them.

We're now open 7 days a week! Get the details, and begin planning your visit, here: https://bit.ly/2WE7U9c
09/07/2021

We're now open 7 days a week! Get the details, and begin planning your visit, here: https://bit.ly/2WE7U9c

We're now open 7 days a week! Get the details, and begin planning your visit, here: https://bit.ly/2WE7U9c

According to our chief curator, Doug Taron, the fall monarch migration will likely reach Chicago next week! Learn more a...
09/02/2021
The annual 3,000-mile monarch migration is heading toward Chicago: ‘It’s like a Disney movie, except better.’

According to our chief curator, Doug Taron, the fall monarch migration will likely reach Chicago next week! Learn more about this amazing spectacle by checking out his interview with the Chicago Tribune.

The monarch population has been in decline for the past 20 years, spurring conservation efforts by both scientists and everyday people, who grow milkweed in gardens, fields and parkways.

Nature Museum members, be sure to join us on Sunday, September 12! Bring the whole family to this members-only event to ...
08/31/2021
Member Celebration for Weather to Climate: Our Changing World

Nature Museum members, be sure to join us on Sunday, September 12! Bring the whole family to this members-only event to explore our new exhibit: Weather to Climate and enjoy a morning of exclusive before-hours Museum-wide access. RSVP via the link!

Bring the whole family to this members-only event to explore our new exhibit: Weather to Climate!

We're getting ready to Flutter into Fall! Join us on Sunday, September 12, for the chance to see our scientists tag mona...
08/29/2021

We're getting ready to Flutter into Fall! Join us on Sunday, September 12, for the chance to see our scientists tag monarch butterflies ahead of their migration to Michoacán, Mexico. In addition to tagging, we'll have a special story time, special First Flight Butterfly Releases, guided plants walks, and more! Illinois residents can enjoy free admission to the museum and all of our Flutter into Fall activities, or support this fun family event with a donation of $10/household. Get all the details on our site: https://bit.ly/2WmDh81

We're getting ready to Flutter into Fall! Join us on Sunday, September 12, for the chance to see our scientists tag monarch butterflies ahead of their migration to Michoacán, Mexico. In addition to tagging, we'll have a special story time, special First Flight Butterfly Releases, guided plants walks, and more! Illinois residents can enjoy free admission to the museum and all of our Flutter into Fall activities, or support this fun family event with a donation of $10/household. Get all the details on our site: https://bit.ly/2WmDh81

08/27/2021
Why Fireflies Glow

Curious By Nature is back! Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, we're talking all about these amazing insects in our two-part special! Check out part 1, featuring entomologist Allen, here: https://bit.ly/3mCzYFc

Our Summer Suggested Donation Days are in full swing! Illinois residents can join us tomorrow (Thursday, August 26) and ...
08/25/2021

Our Summer Suggested Donation Days are in full swing! Illinois residents can join us tomorrow (Thursday, August 26) and enjoy free admission, or support us with a $10 suggested household donation. We hope to see you then!

Our Summer Suggested Donation Days are in full swing! Illinois residents can join us tomorrow (Thursday, August 26) and enjoy free admission, or support us with a $10 suggested household donation. We hope to see you then!

Congratulations to the Blanding's turtle class of 2021! Last week, living collections team members Lily, Ashley, and And...
08/23/2021

Congratulations to the Blanding's turtle class of 2021! Last week, living collections team members Lily, Ashley, and Andres and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ecologist Dan Thompson released 81 head-started turtles into the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. While it's goodbye for now, it's not goodbye forever! Before release, each turtle is given a unique microchip (like we do with our pets!) and shell notch sequence so we can easily identify them in the future! Good luck, little ones! 🐢

08/22/2021
Smooth Greensnakes in the Field

Go behind-the-scenes with Dr. Allison! Check out this short video of a smooth greensnake soft release shot and narrated by Dr. Allison.

Learn about Chicago's unique, urban environmental challenges from community and environmental leaders, find opportunitie...
08/20/2021
Chicago Conservation Corps - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Learn about Chicago's unique, urban environmental challenges from community and environmental leaders, find opportunities for change, and lead a sustainability service project in your community with support and resources from us! Get involved by registering for our Chicago Conservation Corps orientations next week. Thank you to Wintrust for supporting this program.

You care. Do something. We’ll help. The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) empowers Chicagoans to complete neighborhood sustainability and environmental projects that impact and engage communities across the city. Join Us […]

How it started...and how it's going! 😍 It's safe to say that rice paper butterflies are just as beautiful in their chrys...
08/19/2021

How it started...and how it's going! 😍 It's safe to say that rice paper butterflies are just as beautiful in their chrysalis stage as they are in their adult stage. See how many you can spot on your next Nature Museum visit. You can join us at 12pm and 2pm for our daily First Flight Butterfly Releases!

How it started...and how it's going! 😍 It's safe to say that rice paper butterflies are just as beautiful in their chrysalis stage as they are in their adult stage. See how many you can spot on your next Nature Museum visit. You can join us at 12pm and 2pm for our daily First Flight Butterfly Releases!

Tomorrow is another Suggested Donation Day for Illinois residents! Get the details, and see our full summer schedule, on...
08/18/2021

Tomorrow is another Suggested Donation Day for Illinois residents! Get the details, and see our full summer schedule, on our site. bit.ly/2SQZw4R

Tomorrow is another Suggested Donation Day for Illinois residents! Get the details, and see our full summer schedule, on our site. bit.ly/2SQZw4R

08/15/2021
Smooth Greensnake Time-lapse

Check out this amazing smooth greensnake hatching time-lapse that Dr. Allison filmed! 🐍 Although they are called smooth greensnakes, the hatchlings are actually closer in color to a dull brownish green. Why? They begin hatching in late July/early August which is when a lot of vegetation is starting to dry and turn brown, so if they were as bright green as the adults they would stand out quite a bit more in their already vulnerable state. They're very special because very few species of snakes change color from hatchlings to adults.

08/13/2021
Conversing Cockroaches

What are these two talking about? Find out this Sunday at Bugapalooza! Join us for the chance to meet cool bugs, make crafts, and watch an amazing puppet show by our friends Jabberwocky Marionettes! Grab your tickets now: https://bit.ly/372ytHe

Tell us your favorite treat without telling us your favorite treat: Gorgeous the turtle edition. 📸: Nature Museum team m...
08/10/2021

Tell us your favorite treat without telling us your favorite treat: Gorgeous the turtle edition. 📸: Nature Museum team members Marjorie and Ashley

Tell us your favorite treat without telling us your favorite treat: Gorgeous the turtle edition. 📸: Nature Museum team members Marjorie and Ashley

Address

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

(773) 755-5100

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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