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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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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:

  • Unlimited, free admission – every day, all year long
  • Reciprocal free admission to more than 300 museums around the world
  • Discounts on paid events and programs
  • Free coat and stroller check
  • Ability to add a caregiver/nanny at the Family Level or above
  • Invitation to exclusive member events such as member nights and new exhibit openings
  • Free or 50% discount at some of the region’s best loved museums
  • Subscription to the Nature Museum program calendar and e-newsletter
  • 20% discount at the store and café on the first Monday of the month, 10% discount every other day
  • Young couple in the Butterfly Haven

    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 the Butterfly 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 household
    • - Advance notice for registration of popular events, camps, and programs
    • - Two membership cards
    • - Ability to add a caregiver/nanny
  • Woman and baby in the Butterfly 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
  • Women on a tour with a Museum biologist

    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

  • Grandmother and grandchild in the Butterfly 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
  • Young couple with Museum biologist at a reception

    Prairie Leadership Circles of Giving -$1,000-$25,000 

    Join an exclusive group of people who are passionate about the Nature Museum’s education and conservation work! Leadership donors have access to all the Nature Museum has to offer, including membership benefits, invitations to exclusive donor events, and much more. For a complete listing of benefits, please see the Prairie Leadership Circles of Giving.

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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