- 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
Join us for a day of free exhibit inspired workshops taught by the artists themselves
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
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Take a field trip.
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The Nature Museum welcomed over 287,000 visitors in the past year.
- Business Insider listed the Nature Museum in its list of the "Real Best Things to do in Chicago."
- Paste Magazine listed the Nature Museum as one of the city's best overlooked museums.
- Steve Sullivan dicussed white nose syndrome on WGN Radio's John Williams Show.
- The Chicago Tribune's Steve Johnson named "Nature's Struggle: Survival & Extinction" one of the best museum exhibits of 2014.
- The Chicago Tribune's Steve Johnson recently toured the Nature Museum, saying it's especially good for school kids and butterfly lovers.
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.