Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Fee: $9

Sun. 10 AM–5 PM
Mon. 9 AM–5 PM
Tue. 9 AM–5 PM
Wed. 9 AM–5 PM
Thu. 9 AM–5 PM
No-Fee Hours: 9 AM–5 PM
Fri. 9 AM–5 PM
Sat. 10 AM–5 PM
2430 N. Cannon Dr
Chicago, Chicago 60614
(773) 755-5100

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Chicago Academy of Science Peggy Notabaert Nature Museum
The Nature Museum (website) is a Museum in Chicago.
Official description from Nature Museum:
The opening of the new 6.35 acre Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Cannon Drive in 1999 heralded new opportunities to build on the Academy’s legacy of scientific inquiry, offering the public much more than dioramas and taxidermied animals. Complete with permanent exhibitions including a Butterfly Haven, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum became an interactive experience for adults and children alike.
Wikipedia excerpt:
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - The Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences is a nature museum located in Chicago, Illinois. The museum, which opened in a new facility in October 1999, is located at the intersection of Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park. The museum focuses on the natural history of the Chicago region and childhood and adult education. In addition, it has a popular live butterfly house. The Museum is operated by the Chicago Academy of Sciences, which had previously been located at Lincoln Park's century old Matthew Laflin Memorial Building. The Academy was founded in 1857 by young prominent American naturalists, such as Robert Kennicott and William Stimpson. It was Chicago’s first museum dedicated to nature and science, and developed one of the finest natural history collections in the United States in the mid-19th century, but that collection was lost in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The museum was rebuilt but lost its home again in the financial turmoil of the 1880s. The museum then built a building in Lincoln Park in 1898, which became the model for the Chicago Park District's museum-in-the-parks program. In the 1990's, a new home for the museum was constructed nearby, on the southeastern banks of the North Pond. Its old building is currently used for Zoo administration.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the Nature Museum homepage or our exhibitions list for Chicago-wide exhibits.

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