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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is Chicago’s urban gateway to nature and science.

Packed with hands-on exhibits for all ages and situated on a picturesque pond in the heart of Lincoln Park, the Nature Museum is the ideal oasis for families and nature lovers! Immerse yourself in fluttering butterflies, splash around in a river system, touch a live animal, explore a busy beaver lodge, and view specimens from around the world.

When you’re a Nature Museum member, you can get closer with nature every day, all year long with free Museum entry.

Get started by clicking on one of the buttons below. Memberships can also be purchased or renewed by visiting the Nature Museum in person, or calling our Membership Department at 773-755-5115.

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Limited Time Offer - Get 6 months free!

Become a Nature Museum member, or renew your membership today and you can enjoy an extra six months of membership for no additional cost. Simply use code 6FREE18 at checkout. This offer is valid on the individual, family, and premier membership level, and may be added on to a one-year membership or a two-year membership. This deal expires on November 30, 2018.

Member Benefits

Membership allows you to experience the Nature Museum at a great value and enjoy exclusive benefits. As a member, you’ll also provide important support for the Museum’s education, research, and conservation initiatives. Member benefits include free entry all year, reciprocal admission, free coat and stroller check, and more!

Family Membership typically pays for itself in two visits!

Benefits for all members include:

Member Levels

Man taking photo of butterfly

Individual Membership - $42 

(two-year for $80)

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • Unlimited, free admission for one adult
  • One membership card
Family in Haven

Family Membership - $60 

(two-year for $110)

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • Unlimited, free admission for two adults and all children under 18 in the same househol
  • Advance notice for registration of popular events, camps, and programs
  • Two membership cards
  • Ability to add a caregiver/nanny
Mother and chid in Haven

Premier Membership - $130 

(two-year for $200)

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • All Family Membership benefits
  • Four free adult guest passes
  • Invitation for behind-the-scenes tours
  • $10 discount on gift memberships
  • Recognition in publications
Group on living collections tour

Naturalist Club - $250 

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • Two additional guests every time you visit

  • Invitations to exclusive donor events, such as private receptions with artists, authors, and scientists

  • Periodic Nature Museum updates from President Deb Lahey

Caregiver and children in Haven

Conservation Club -$500 

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • Special access to our scientists and conservation research through an invitation to our annual President’s reception
  • Updates regarding critical conservation work from our scientists
Black-tie event in Butterfly Haven

Seniors receive $5 off any membership level. Membership must be purchased at the Museum or by phone to receive senior discount.

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