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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Lincoln Park
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Address: 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614-2874
Phone Number:
+1 773 755 5100
10:00 - 17:00
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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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April was a nice time to visit...less crowded and fewer kids. Very interesting exhibits. Very small gift shop and inside eating area. The outside nature walk was still suffering... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sharon G
Sullivan, Indiana
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Sullivan, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

April was a nice time to visit...less crowded and fewer kids. Very interesting exhibits. Very small gift shop and inside eating area. The outside nature walk was still suffering from winter.

Thank Sharon G
Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to bring kids, but even if you have no kids, you should go to see the butterflies. It is magical.

Thank panama2000
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to learn more about butterflies and have a pretty brisk walk in the back of the museum this is your place! Gorgeous in every way! Learn about nature inside snakes bugs etc. This is a very beautiful place to check out. Thursday are free I believe but walking in the butterfly room with all the butterflies flying... More 

Thank christina d
Evanston, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

We were here for a volunteer expo, but also got a chance to go through the museum. It's large enough to be diverse...small enough to not be exhausting. Lots of information not just about nature and nature science, but also the history of collecting...fascinating in itself. And don't forget to check out the paths outside/around the museum...beautiful, and I'm curious... More 

Thank jaz79h
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

My family and I went to a Volunteer Expo here over the weekend and had the opportunity to check out the Museum itself while there. What neat exhibits! By far the Butterfly exhibit was the best! Beautiful, colorful, large and small butterflies fluttering around you along with some birds; its quite a feeling. They'll even land on you! You almost... More 

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Loudon, Tennessee
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

What a wonderful place to spend enjoy with the grandchildren. The highlight was the releasing of the new butterflies which takes place every afternoon at 2 pm in the butterfly garden. There are also a lot of different interactive activities for the little ones and wonderful displays for us older folks.

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Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

This was our first visit to the Nature Museum. We had free admission from our local Science Museum through the reciprocity program. I took my 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons. My favorite part was the open butterfly area. We got to the Center about 15 minutes after they opened and we were in the butterfly area with only about 10 other... More 

Thank Mindy M
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The entire facility is outstanding for young children. From the waterworks to the reptiles so much to do! But the icing on the cake for my crew was going into the butterfly room! Butterflies landing on us the most fantastic thing ever. So going again.

Thank trenlaur
Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

I visited on a day when there were plenty of children. It looked like a great option for parents and their kids. Plenty of classrooms for learning experiences and a butterfly zoo. Not that much for adults, though. Some exhibits on wetlands and Illinois environments.

Thank wlamb123
Mundelein, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

I went during a cold snap. They offered to check my coat. I found that a big plus. I went because of a special frog exhibit they had. Check the website when it leaves.The butterfly exhibit was excellent. To roam with natures beauty. They always have the butterfly exhibit. Parking across from the museum is available but costly at $20.00

Thank Stan K

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