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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Lincoln Park
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Address: 2430 North Canon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
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+1 773-755-5100
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive...

A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive displays and activities.

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Loved the Butterflies!

This was our first visit to the Nature Museum. We had free admission from our local Science Museum through the reciprocity program. I took my 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons. My... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Mindy M
Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to the Nature Museum. We had free admission from our local Science Museum through the reciprocity program. I took my 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons. My favorite part was the open butterfly area. We got to the Center about 15 minutes after they opened and we were in the butterfly area with only about 10 other... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The entire facility is outstanding for young children. From the waterworks to the reptiles so much to do! But the icing on the cake for my crew was going into the butterfly room! Butterflies landing on us the most fantastic thing ever. So going again.

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Chicago, IL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I visited on a day when there were plenty of children. It looked like a great option for parents and their kids. Plenty of classrooms for learning experiences and a butterfly zoo. Not that much for adults, though. Some exhibits on wetlands and Illinois environments.

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Mundelein, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I went during a cold snap. They offered to check my coat. I found that a big plus. I went because of a special frog exhibit they had. Check the website when it leaves.The butterfly exhibit was excellent. To roam with natures beauty. They always have the butterfly exhibit. Parking across from the museum is available but costly at $20.00

Thank Stan K
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We were visiting Chicago and came across this museum. It's really geared at families with young children but is a brilliant resource to teach kids about their surrounding environment, protection of our planet and about animals. I loved the frog display in particular. There was a children's party happening at the time, so they cater for parties.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I've been to this museum a number of times and am always struck by the delight I see on children's faces. There's a great temporary exhibit there on frogs -- especially colorful frogs -- that lasts until late January. Someone did a review on October 21 that includes a lot of detail, so I won't try to replicate that. Suffice... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

I was off work and I've always wanted to stop by the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, I did and it was nice. The Butterfly room was the best part out of the whole place. Beautiful butterflies from different sizes and colors. The rest of the museum they have frogs and dried animals. I will say, this place is more for... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The Nature Museum has a lot of attractives for children. My kids were really impressed by the stuffed polar bear. The session with the living reptiles is interesting even for the adults. Not to mention the butterfly yard, where you can spend sometime just looking and enjoying the colorful world of these flying insects.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We looked at going to a museum, but found that all of the regular ones on the museum campus by the Field Museum and even Museum of Science & Industry, seemed far too expensive. We had never been to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, so we gave it a try. There is street parking, as well as a flat rate... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I love taking my young son to Chicago whenever we have the chance, but a trip typically involves debating how many big museums we can afford to visit, at maybe $50 a pop for the two of us; and whether we have time to do enough to make a CityPass worth the price. A cab driver told us about the... More 

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