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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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9:00 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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Great for adults and kids

Half price for me w npr membership--lots of interesting hands on activities. The outside area is lovely too, don't miss it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016

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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Half price for me w npr membership--lots of interesting hands on activities. The outside area is lovely too, don't miss it.

Thank flizzer
Farmington, Michigan
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This is a gem located within the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, footsteps away from the Lincoln Park Zoo. There are lots of interesting exhibit spaces. We were, however, disappointed and surprised at the number of exhibits (displays, lights, hands-on activities) that were not working. We did still have a great visit.

Thank kOps210
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Watch them flutter about you, big and small. Those big black eyes looking at you are their natural camouflage. Dress in layers as you'll get hot in the humidity and will want to reduce down to a T-shirt.

Thank atticus h
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Took advantage the kids (4 and 9) had the day off and we spent the afternoon here. The kids loved it. There is a new Charlie Brown exhibit which they were really into. Exploring the basement was also fun and we learned about why those creepy crawlers are important what what they do. Parents beware of the drawers...actual roaches. Great... More 

Thank Chantal M
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79 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

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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298 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

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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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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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.