- 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
Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is the perfect place to relax and watch butterflies float on the wind. > Learn More
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The Nature Museum welcomed over 265,000 visitors in 2013.
- Popular mommy blogger Caitlin Giles says the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is a "sure fix for the rainy day blues" in this CBS Chicago article by Wendy Widom.
- Nature's Struggle: Survival & Extinction is a hit! Natasha Nicholes of Chicago Parent says: "My children loved it, and that lets me know that the designers of this exhibit not only wanted to share viable messages with adults, but also get the children in their lives talking about ways that they could be better stewards over the world that they live in."
- Frank Mathie of ABC7 reports on the oldest Museum in Chicago, the Chicago Academy of Sciences. Steve Sullivan is on hand to highlight collections specimens such as a california condor.
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.