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.
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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.

Still looking for the perfect Valentine's Day card? Our critters have come to your rescue! 💗
02/14/2020

Still looking for the perfect Valentine's Day card? Our critters have come to your rescue! 💗

02/14/2020
Dido Longwing by Volunteer Sarah Beckett

It's pretty easy being green when you're this beautiful. Meet the gorgeous dido longwing. Keep an eye out for this beauty during your next visit to the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven! 📸: Volunteer Sarah Beckett

We're recruiting for our spring Chicago Conservation Corps training session! Join us at one of our upcoming orientations...
02/12/2020

We're recruiting for our spring Chicago Conservation Corps training session! Join us at one of our upcoming orientations to learn more about this incredible program and how you can make a difference in your community. naturemuseum.org/c3

02/09/2020
Feeding Time By Ashley Hosmer

Soaked and sprouted lentils make a great snack for our uromastyx! Meet him and the rest of our modern-day dragons in Dragons Alive! 📸: Animal caretaker Ashley Hosmer

The chance to connect with cool critters. That's just one of the reasons campers (and caregivers) love our Summer Camp! ...
02/08/2020

The chance to connect with cool critters. That's just one of the reasons campers (and caregivers) love our Summer Camp! Register your camper for a summer of fun and discovery: https://bit.ly/2ScX30i

Meet the newest addition to our Look-In Lab—a northern red-bellied cooter named Fiona! Once she's acclimated to her new ...
02/05/2020

Meet the newest addition to our Look-In Lab—a northern red-bellied cooter named Fiona! Once she's acclimated to her new space, she'll be able to participate in our educational programming. Welcome to the family, Fiona!

Happy #SuperbOwl Sunday! We got to meet this beautiful screech owl when Wings and Talons joined us over the holidays, an...
02/02/2020

Happy #SuperbOwl Sunday! We got to meet this beautiful screech owl when Wings and Talons joined us over the holidays, and we'll be welcoming them back for spring break! Stay tuned for more info.

We're so excited! 🦎Dragons Alive: The Science and Culture of Reptiles is now open! Join us today to meet the frilled dra...
02/01/2020

We're so excited! 🦎Dragons Alive: The Science and Culture of Reptiles is now open! Join us today to meet the frilled dragon and more modern-day dragons. Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Micole Foundation https://bit.ly/2uDEiuL

Members, be sure to join us this Sunday for our Dragons Alive! Member Celebration. Explore the museum with before-hours ...
01/30/2020

Members, be sure to join us this Sunday for our Dragons Alive! Member Celebration. Explore the museum with before-hours access, tour our new exhibit, and more! RSVP: https://bit.ly/2uDEiuL

Did you know that bearded dragons use their spiny scales to scare off predators? Discover more amazing dragon facts when...
01/28/2020

Did you know that bearded dragons use their spiny scales to scare off predators? Discover more amazing dragon facts when Dragons Alive! The Science and Culture of Reptiles opens this Saturday! naturemuseum.org/dragons

01/24/2020
Button Quail in Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

Our button quail might be the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven's best-kept secret. These adorable roly-poly birds often hide out under the low vegetation in the Butterfly Haven. Keep an eye out for them during your next visit!

Dragons await you in Dragons Alive! Featuring 10 species of reptiles from around the world, visitors can stare deep into...
01/24/2020

Dragons await you in Dragons Alive! Featuring 10 species of reptiles from around the world, visitors can stare deep into the eyes of the bearded dragon, wonder at the beauty of the jeweled lacerta, and more! Opening February 1. https://bit.ly/2uDEiuL

Summer Camp registration is now open! Register your camper for a summer of outdoor play, nature, and discovery. Plus, re...
01/23/2020

Summer Camp registration is now open! Register your camper for a summer of outdoor play, nature, and discovery. Plus, register by February 23 to automatically save $20 per session! naturemuseumcamp.org

Looking for a fun way to spend tomorrow? Join us at the Nature Museum to enjoy our First Flight Butterfly Release, Anima...
01/19/2020

Looking for a fun way to spend tomorrow? Join us at the Nature Museum to enjoy our First Flight Butterfly Release, Animal Feeding, Critter Connection, and more! It's all free with admission.

We're all smiles! We're getting ready to welcome the tokay gecko and nine other modern-day dragons as part of our new ex...
01/18/2020

We're all smiles! We're getting ready to welcome the tokay gecko and nine other modern-day dragons as part of our new exhibit, Dragons Alive! The Science and Culture of Reptiles. Opening Saturday, February 1. naturemuseum.org/dragons

We celebrated our 163rd birthday today with our founder Robert Kennicott and The Grove National Historic Landmark. We're...
01/17/2020

We celebrated our 163rd birthday today with our founder Robert Kennicott and The Grove National Historic Landmark. We're thrilled we got to introduce Robert to Kennicott the box turtle and have him take part in our Butterfly Release!

01/14/2020
Atlas Moth Stretches Its Wings

Meet the atlas moth! Their coloration and the translucent eyespots ("windows") on their wings definitely make them stand out in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Keep an "eye" out for them during your next visit!

Closing tomorrow! Spread your wings as a butterfly, bee, or bat one last time in Amazing Pollinators. Thank you to Prese...
01/11/2020

Closing tomorrow! Spread your wings as a butterfly, bee, or bat one last time in Amazing Pollinators. Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Rose Pest Solutions Chicago for supporting this exhibit.

01/09/2020

Our thoughts are with the child who was bitten this afternoon by what is believed to be a coyote in Lincoln Park. We wish him a swift recovery.

01/02/2020
Pancake Slides In

Slide into the new year with us (and Pancake)! Join us tomorrow for our Mammals & More Animal Show, Pop-Up Hot Chocolate Bar, and our daily programs. Don't forget, Illinois residents can enjoy free admission during Suggested Donation Thursdays.

Every year, more than 50,000 students visit the Nature Museum. Your gift helps ease the burden on teachers and schools, ...
12/29/2019

Every year, more than 50,000 students visit the Nature Museum. Your gift helps ease the burden on teachers and schools, connecting more students to science through hands-on lessons, guided tours, and moments of wonder. naturemuseum.org/donate

12/25/2019
Snowy Cannon

Happy holidays from all of us at the Nature Museum! We're closed today, but we will re-open tomorrow morning at 9am. Check out our list of programs: https://bit.ly/2LkMm9d

Looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones? Give them the gift of wonder. Purchase a Nature Museum gift membership...
12/20/2019

Looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones? Give them the gift of wonder. Purchase a Nature Museum gift membership today. https://bit.ly/2P2D6ri

Did you know that a Kids Museum Passport is good for free on-site Nature Museum admission for two adults and two childre...
12/17/2019

Did you know that a Kids Museum Passport is good for free on-site Nature Museum admission for two adults and two children? They can be checked out at Chicago Public Library branches. https://bit.ly/384txAM

12/14/2019
African Moon Moth by Sarah Beckett

This is the beautiful African moon moth. In the wild (and in the Butterfly Haven) this unique coloration helps it blend into foliage. See if you can spot one during your next visit. Thanks to volunteer Sarah Beckett for sharing this beauty with us!

I spy an owl butterfly that has made a special connection with a visitor! Thanks to Alexi Archer-Petersen for sharing th...
12/12/2019

I spy an owl butterfly that has made a special connection with a visitor! Thanks to Alexi Archer-Petersen for sharing this amazing moment with us. 🦋

Chicago winters can be tough on us all, including on turtles. A gift of $100 can help us keep our Blanding’s turtles war...
12/11/2019

Chicago winters can be tough on us all, including on turtles. A gift of $100 can help us keep our Blanding’s turtles warm over the winter, as we support their healthy recovery across the region. naturemuseum.org/donate

It's the return of Steve the sloth! Meet Steve and the rest of his pals at our Mammals & More Live Animal Show on Januar...
12/08/2019

It's the return of Steve the sloth! Meet Steve and the rest of his pals at our Mammals & More Live Animal Show on January 2. Tickets: https://bit.ly/2qN9dmL

When the chrysalis is just as beautiful as the butterfly... These are rice paper butterfly chrysalises. If you're lucky,...
12/05/2019

When the chrysalis is just as beautiful as the butterfly... These are rice paper butterfly chrysalises. If you're lucky, you may spot some hanging in our Butterfly Haven Lab during your next visit. 🦋

12/02/2019
Cyber Monday Sale

Today only! Snap up a two-year membership for the price of a one-year. Give your loved ones the gift of wonder this holiday season! Offer available online only: https://bit.ly/2P2D6ri

Today only! Take advantage of our special in-house Black Friday membership sale. Enjoy 50% of all memberships! Stop by t...
11/29/2019

Today only! Take advantage of our special in-house Black Friday membership sale. Enjoy 50% of all memberships! Stop by the Nature Museum today to save. Please note: This discount is not available online.

We'll be closed tomorrow, but be sure to join us on Friday for family fun! Enjoy a special First Flight Butterfly Releas...
11/28/2019

We'll be closed tomorrow, but be sure to join us on Friday for family fun! Enjoy a special First Flight Butterfly Release, participate in fall crafts, sip on hot cider, and more. Details here: naturemuseum.org/holidays

Did you know that we're a part of Museums for All? We offer a discounted admission fee of $1 to individuals and families...
11/24/2019

Did you know that we're a part of Museums for All? We offer a discounted admission fee of $1 to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card and a valid form of ID. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2Jenmze

Ending Monday: Don't miss your chance to save $10 on our daily camp rate! Our Early Bird discount ends Monday, so regist...
11/23/2019

Ending Monday: Don't miss your chance to save $10 on our daily camp rate! Our Early Bird discount ends Monday, so register your camper for winter break fun now.❄️ naturemuseumcamp.org

11/19/2019
Pancake Enjoys a Snack

Have you seen Pancake the spiny softshell turtle eat? In the wild, he'd use his long nose to search for worms buried in mud. Right now, he's searching for food pellets. Check out our daily 1pm Animal Feedings for the chance to see him chow down.

11/13/2019
One-Spotted Prepona Butterfly

When you decide to let your true colors show... This is the one-spotted prepona butterfly showing off its flash coloration. Believe it or not, the flash of blue helps startle predators! Thanks to volunteer Sarah Beckett for sharing this clip.

To honor those who have served our country, we offer free admission year-round to retired service members, as well as ac...
11/11/2019

To honor those who have served our country, we offer free admission year-round to retired service members, as well as active-duty service members. Learn more here: https://buff.ly/2NZ8mHo

Are morpho butterfly wings covered in scales? Yes! Amy Perlmutter's Wings Transformed showcases incredible close-ups of ...
11/09/2019

Are morpho butterfly wings covered in scales? Yes! Amy Perlmutter's Wings Transformed showcases incredible close-ups of wings, like these morpho wings. Explore it for yourself during your next Nature Museum visit.

T.I. Wright was an exhibit preparator from 1936-1961, and designed many of the Chicago Academy of Sciences exhibits. Lea...
11/07/2019

T.I. Wright was an exhibit preparator from 1936-1961, and designed many of the Chicago Academy of Sciences exhibits. Learn more about his work recording our local urban ecology via Chicago Collections' new online exhibit: https://bit.ly/36CYOKr

Butterfly selfies are the best selfies. Thanks to visitor Catherine Ledesma for sharing this fantastic photo. Be sure to...
11/06/2019

Butterfly selfies are the best selfies. Thanks to visitor Catherine Ledesma for sharing this fantastic photo. Be sure to share your Nature Museum shots with us! 🦋

Want to meet a bearded dragon? Join us today and tomorrow, from 10am to 3pm, for your chance! Visitors of all ages can g...
11/02/2019

Want to meet a bearded dragon? Join us today and tomorrow, from 10am to 3pm, for your chance! Visitors of all ages can get up close to some rad reptiles as a part of our monthly Cold-Blooded Weekends. Plus, it's all free with admission.

Happy Owl-oween! Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. This butterfly boasts spooky eyespots on its wings that resembl...
10/31/2019

Happy Owl-oween! Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. This butterfly boasts spooky eyespots on its wings that resemble owl eyes. That's why this beauty is known as the giant owl butterfly. Have you spotted them in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven?

Spend Halloween day with us and learn about some cool critters - beetles! Enjoy a buggy-themed story, then meet the beet...
10/29/2019

Spend Halloween day with us and learn about some cool critters - beetles! Enjoy a buggy-themed story, then meet the beetles (and more!) during a super-sized bug encounter. IL residents can enjoy free admission during this Suggested Donation Thursday.

Want to enjoy some fall colors inside? Stop by the Nature Museum this weekend to spot a variety of colorful free-flying ...
10/25/2019

Want to enjoy some fall colors inside? Stop by the Nature Museum this weekend to spot a variety of colorful free-flying butterflies in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, including the beautiful leopard lacewing.

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 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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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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.
Is this a stink bug just saw it on my security cam. Are they starting to move inside. This is southwest suburbs.
Thank you for coming to educated us about animals.
My sister in Corpus Christi saw this insect and was wondering what it is Any help will be appreciated
Is this a caddis fly?