- Saturday - Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The urban gateway to nature and science. > Learn More
Food: The Nature of Eating
Now open through September 8. > Learn More
Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is the perfect place to relax and watch butterflies float on the wind. > Learn More
Take a field trip.
Experience nature and science in the heart of Chicago. > Learn More
Our Attendance keeps growing: More than 277,000 guests made 2012 our most visited year.
- Time Out Chicago Kids' Hipsqueek blog gives a peek at our new eye-opening exhibit, Food: The Nature of Eating.
- Do you know where your food comes from? WBEZ reporter Chris Bentley digs to the root theme of Food: The Nature of Eating.
- Breakfast with the Butterflies, our new program for children with developmental differences, is a hit! ABC7 interviews our VP of Education, Rafael Rosa, on why this program is so important.
The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857 to give scientists and nature aficionados a place to study and share the specimens they collected. From this simple beginning, the Academy 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 250,000 specimens, is the definitive collection of Chicago and the region's natural history and is a valuable resource for researchers. The Academy's research restoration and conservation work directly benefit local ecology. Artifacts from the collection are featured throughout the Nature Museum, the public face of the Academy.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the citizens of Chicago.