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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Lincoln Park
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Address: 2430 North Canon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: 773 755 5100
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Highlight of my day in Lincoln Park

I stopped by while in Lincoln Park to visit the Conservatory and Zoo and the Nature Museum ended up being the highlight of my trip! The $9 entrance fee for adults was totally... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago

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English first
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stopped by while in Lincoln Park to visit the Conservatory and Zoo and the Nature Museum ended up being the highlight of my trip! The $9 entrance fee for adults was totally worth it. The animals downstairs and upstairs (both stuffed and alive) were neat to check out - the polar bear was especially impressive! I appreciated the extensive... More 

Thank eec317
Chicago, Illinois
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259 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A relatively small nature museum that is easily accessible. Great for families with young children. Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies of all varieties. It is located in Lincoln Park, which is a fun place to walk around and there are other attractions nearby

Thank Paul C
Ajax, Canada
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149 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is a wonderful display of aspects of natural science that is attractive for both adults and children. Among other things, it has many "Peanuts" comic strips that refer to weather, the solar system, etc.

Thank Daleb0422
Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

I ran by this place in the Chicago Marathon and made a mental note to take my boys (3 and 5) the next day-- it ended up being one of the highlights of our trip! They are nature lovers and absolutely adored it. Wish we had left more time before our flight, as they didn't want to leave!

Thank TanyaL77
Leuven, Belgium
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260 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

To be honest I didn't know what to expect from this museum. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Really interesting museum with lots of information. Really childfriendly also. Loved the little raincoats for the children playing in the water section. The huge insects were very impressive. And of course the butterflies were dreamy.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A gem of a museum located in Lincoln Park. The real treasure is the butterfly room where you can see the various stages of development, fro caterpillars to butterflies. The free flying beauties often land on visitors.

Thank Ruth S
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131 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The butterfly heaven is amazing. In a small garden, we can stay so close to different types butterfly, small or big. They are very friendly to visitors. Some of them even stayed on visitors' hands and shoulders. The museum staff is very knowledgeable about the butterfly and birds. Don't miss the nature trails. Chicago wild flowers are strikingly colorful and... More 

Thank flora z
Greenfield, Indiana
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122 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had a great family visit here. The ONLY issue was parking. My goodness, what a fiasco trying to get a spot anywhere, even in the paid parking area just south of the museum. After we got parked, we had a great time inside. We used our ASTC member benefit to enter for free. Our boys are ages 5-6, and... More 

Thank MarandaA36
Saint Louis, Missouri
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141 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Small area and PERFECT for families with young children. Check out the classes/camps they offer for children as they look like they have multiple options. Clean. Cool. Well run.

Thank BillyTeddy
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We used our local natural history museum's reciprocal membership to get in for free (it also gave us free admission to the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum). Check to see if you can do the same...it might save you a fortune. My young sons and I visited this museum while my daughter and wife went to... More 

Thank Ben S

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.