- 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
Rainforest AdventureA multisensory introduction to tropical rainforests around the world. Visitors will encounter a variety of ways to learn about rainforests and how people can make a difference in their preservation. Created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Also featured will be live rainforest animals and objects from the collection of the Chicago Academy of Sciences. Sponsored by the US Forest Service.
Take Flight! Alaska from Above:
Photography by Mark Reed
Seattle photographer and kite designer Mark Reed, his wife Christina Buchanan, and their young daughter spend their summers exploring Alaska's vast landscape in the experimental aircraft Mark built. Their remarkable aerial imagery will inspire you to discover flight and find perspective in some of our planet's last remaining wilderness.
Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is the museum's internationally renowned signature 2,700 square foot greenhouse. Home to more than 1,000 butterflies (75 species), the haven is the perfect tropical retreat.Read More »
Faces from the Southern Ocean:
Prints by J. J. L’Heureux
An exhibition of 35 prints of animals and icebergs from Antarctica by artist and photographer J.J. L’Heureux. L’Heureux became fascinated by the wildlife and pristine environment she discovered there, including penguins, various types of seals, whales and the unique varieties of birdlife found in the Southern Ocean.
Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest, Photography by Amy Gulick
In Alaska’s Tongass rainforest, there are salmon in the trees! With camera and rain gear in hand, photographer Amy Gulick paddled and trekked among the bears, misty islands, and salmon streams to document the intricate connections within the Tongass.
Beyond Eden: The Work of James Prosek
Artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale graduate James Prosek made his authorial debut at 19 with "Trout: An Illustrated History" which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. In this exhibition, Prosek explores the issues of extinction and loss through a series of paintings depicting animals both real and of the imagination. Opens December 6.
Knee-high naturalists can explore the secret world of animal homes. Adventures include exploring an underground cave, a giant roped spider web and a busy beaver lodge.
Istock Family Look-in Lab
Watch as Museum scientists and volunteers care for and study the animals that comprise the Museum's Living Collection.
Look through binoculars to see the variety of birds that surround North Pond. Listen to bird calls at interactive kiosks while enjoying views of Chicago's gorgeous skyline.
Mysteries of the Marsh
Learn about one of the most famous former marshes in the world - Chicago! Explore seven different types of wetland you can find near your home and animals that live there. Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the endangered species in Illinois are found in wetlands?
At Nature's LunchBox, discover how food and nature are connected. The fascinating life cycle of food - from the farm all the way to fork - is explained with panel displays and interactive components.
The fun continues outside the Museum walls at our largest permanent exhibition! Nature Trails is a nearly 1/3 mile trail where you'll be inspired by the abundance of nature that surrounds us, even in this urban environment.
Splash your way through this exhibit as you discover that only real lazy rivers are the ones you find at water parks. Rivers are nature's own flood controls and are filled with species of fish, herons, beavers and painted turtles. Interact with River Works by reversing the flow of the river, turn the river into a lake, build your own dam and even control a water turbine.
So many different environments are found in Chicago. Walk through a recreation of a prairie, savanna and dune, complete with authentic sounds and preserved animals.
Birds of Chicago
Get up close to the birds you see in your backyard and discover how to identify them by their sounds. More than 115 specimens, including the Midwest turkey, cardinal and endangered Prairie chicken are on display from the Chicago Academy of Sciences Collections. Choose which ones you want to hear by touching the screen on the interactive kiosk.
Beecher Collections Laboratory
Named after the legendary former director of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, William J. Beecher, this is a place to see scientists engaged in real taxidermy of bison, skunks, coyotes and more.