- 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
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Urban Gateway to Nature and Science > Learn More
Ever wonder what secrets animals keep? Bring your whole family for this interactive learning experience!
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
1:00 pm-1:30 pm
2:00 pm-2:15 pm
Our Attendance keeps growing: More than 277,000 guests made 2012 our most visited year.
- Project Squirrel recently released it's new smartphone app available for iOS and Android. In this DNAinfo Chicago article, the Nature Museum's Steve Sullivan explains why we need citizen scientists and their observations.
- The New York Times Travel section mentioned the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum as a place "where bugs and mud rule and the butterfly haven is also a peace-seeking parent haven" in its Travel Guide: Chicago for Kids article.
- Our President & CEO Deb Lahey was the featured executive profile in October 7th's Chicago Tribune. Read about her background and how she aims to widen the Museum's impact on the community.
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.