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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln Park
As featured in Budget Chicago and 1 other guide
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Address: 2430 North Canon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: +1 773-755-5100
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive...

A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive displays and activities.

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Great for kids!

The Nature Museum has a lot of attractives for children. My kids were really impressed by the stuffed polar bear. The session with the living reptiles is interesting even for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Raquel A
Sao Paulo, SP
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Nature Museum has a lot of attractives for children. My kids were really impressed by the stuffed polar bear. The session with the living reptiles is interesting even for the adults. Not to mention the butterfly yard, where you can spend sometime just looking and enjoying the colorful world of these flying insects.

Thank Raquel A
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We looked at going to a museum, but found that all of the regular ones on the museum campus by the Field Museum and even Museum of Science & Industry, seemed far too expensive. We had never been to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, so we gave it a try. There is street parking, as well as a flat rate... More 

1 Thank Allen21096
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I love taking my young son to Chicago whenever we have the chance, but a trip typically involves debating how many big museums we can afford to visit, at maybe $50 a pop for the two of us; and whether we have time to do enough to make a CityPass worth the price. A cab driver told us about the... More 

Thank Jeannine V
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The nature museum is an excellent place to take kids. It is not overly large and not crowded. The spectacular butterfly room is worth the modest admission price. Birds and butterflies circle all around. There is water play to learn about the ecology of water and a big selection of taxidermy animals.

Thank RyanLChicago
Sutton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I visited this museum with my husband and two boys ages 8 and 6. It's a little smaller than I expected but my boys loved it. There was an exhibit on weather and there were TVs that you could practice being a weather person. The whole family enjoyed this and was the favorite. They have a big butterfly exhibit as... More 

Thank Dotty G
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I grew up going to the Academy of sciences museum so was a little dubious to see its 21st century iteration. Boy was I impressed. While it includes many exhibits and artifacts from the historic building it also has aloft pf what the old location lacked, namely living animals. And this place has them in spades. If you are a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

good one for younger school level visitors , interesting to be watching nature walk like and flying insects like butterflies !

Thank sukhi504
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

A neat little museum that is walking distance to the Lincoln Park zoo. The butterfly walk-through exhibit is fantastic. This is really geared toward younger elementary kids.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful and informative museum! It is truly a gem! The various children's areas were delightful and the wonderfully designed "nature tunnels", complete with sound effects, delighted both my 2 year old grandson and myself! I highly recommend this!

Thank Mary Jo L
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

This museum is generally more aimed towards children, but I found some interesting stuff to look at. I spent most of my time at the butterfly sanctuary, which was like paradise. You won't spend too much time here, but if you have kids I'd suggest you stop by here.

Thank Antoni S

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