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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 North Canon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
773 755 5100
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Ranked #71 of 373 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive displays and activities.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Its a natural museum focused in kids education. I guess it was not intended to receive adult or a more scientific public. The butterfly exibit is very interesting, though. I could even check a butterfly hatching

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We love taking walks through Lincoln Park in the summertime, through Lincoln Park Zoo, to the Chicago History Museum, along the lakefront from North Avenue to Fullerton Avenue, in the Lincoln Park Conservatory and along the lagoon from Fullerton to Diversey. That's how we discovered the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at the corner of Fullerton and North Cannon Drive, across... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited with family on the public holiday weekend. The children loved it and we enjoyed looking around and particularly spending time in the butterfly room. We attended a very good lecture on the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A unique place to hold a wedding. While the wedding we attended was great, the biologist in me was disappointed in the museum. They had a big collection, but all preserved and static. Except for the butterflies, there was very little to interact with. I would imagine children would find it boring. I did like the wildness of the grounds.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Notebaert Museum is a wonderful place to take young guests too....if only to walk through the butterfly room It is also lovely to go there on Saturdays, in the fall, for the Green Market. What a lovely setting .

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I've been here at least a dozen times with my niece and nephew from the time they were toddlers. They are now 4 and 7 and still LOVE this place. There are a couple changing exhibits which have ranged from decent to fantastic, but the permanent exhibits continue to be fan favorites. These include the water play area featuring locks... More

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This museum is interesting for all ages but I'd say it would be best for families. There are several interactive displays for children and the descriptions are geared more toward school age children than botanists or zoologists. Besides the traditional indoor displays there is a butterfly sanctuary that all ages can appreciate. Butterflies freely fly around, and maybe on, you... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I had a family Science Museum season pass that included this museum, so we went here. I would have been very disappointed if we actually had to pay to get in. About a third of the exhibits are broken. Some displays are very good, some are just not thought out at all. On the upside, the place is practically deserted... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I have been taking my grandchildren since they were toddlers, and now even though they are 8 and 11 there are still things to learn and enjoy. The butterflies are a delight and there are always hands on exhibits, such as petting a turtle on the day we visited. A bonus is that you can walk across the street to... More

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I was here on a kindergarten field trip. I will say that as an adult it didn't seem all that interesting to me. However, the kids loved it. Not like other field trips. They really seemed to think that it was the greatest place ever. So it's good from that standpoint.

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