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Hours, Pricing & Amenities


Children looking at butterfly

Open 362 days a year, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an accessible and affordable family destination located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

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Front of Museum Building

Monday through Friday
9 am - 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday
10 am - 5 pm

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is open every day except the first Friday in May, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

The last admission ticket is sold at 4:30 pm


Child playing in RiverWorks
‌• $9 for adults
‌• $7 for students and seniors (60+)
‌• $6 for children Ages 3 - 12
‌• Free for children under 3
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We are pleased to offer a discounted admission fee of $1.00 to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card. Museum visitors who display their EBT Card and a valid form of identification will receive a discounted admission rate of $1 per person, for up to six people in their party. Children under three are, as always, free. This admission rate is available during all normal operating hours.

Amenities & Accessibility

Visitors in Butterfly Haven
Coat Check
Coat check is available for 50¢ per item. Guests may also check a stroller in coat check.

A limited number of strollers are available for $4 upon request with a picture ID. Strollers are allowed everywhere in the Museum except for the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, where stroller parking is available near the Butterfly Haven entrance.

Mothers are welcome to nurse wherever they are comfortable within the building. Private nursing available upon request.


Wheelchairs are available to rent for no charge. We simply ask that a photo ID be left at the Front Desk upon rental.

Our passenger elevator goes to all levels of the building, including the third floor Micole Birdwalk.

All restrooms on all levels are stroller and wheelchair accessible.


The Nature Museum is located near several CTA stops. Directions to the Nature Museum can be found on the Getting to the Museum page. 

Events & Programs

Children in Nature Nuts
Many events and programs are included with the price of admission. To explore daily events, or register for a special class, program or event, visit the Event Calendar page.
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