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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 North Canon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
773 755 5100
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As featured in Chicago for young kids
Ranked #56 of 361 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Fort Wayne, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Very nice museum. We are members of a different science museum in another state so we got in here for free. The butterfly exhibit was awesome. Great interactive area for the younger kids. Very clean. Exhibits were informative and interactive. Good for preschoolers and also school age.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I visited in the dead of winter so could not enjoy the outdoors portions of this museum but they look very appealing if the weather had been better. The museum is very colorful and is quite appealing to children. Adults will also enjoy and learn. Watched water snakes feeding which was very interesting. The butterfly conservatory was the highlight. I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We bring our 3 1/2 year old twins here on a rather frequent basis. It is never too too crowded and there is plenty to do. The highlight is the butterfly room. The boys are now at an age where they like to identify the different butterflies with the butterflies on a guide in the room. I'd say that the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The butterfly room is incredible, you can just sit on a bench and get lost in the beauty of butterflies all around you. It's a little treasure, there's a pond with fish there too. Kids would definitely love this. The rest of the museum is great as well. The kids play room is a big hit with kids under 8.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We really enjoy the nature museum. The butterfly house is a must see. There is also a small indoor play area which is very helpful during inclement weather.

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Noida, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Loved the Butterfly solarium. rest of the museum was interesting but nothing stood out for me as much as the solarium

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Lots of excellent passive education going on as parents haul their children through the museum - thinking they are educating the kids. Great venue!

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Armagh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Relatively small museum located in Lincoln Park but well worth a visit especially if you have young kids. Loads of interactive things to do and even offers guided nature walks around the grounds by friendly informative staff. Live butterfly collection is the star of the show though, absolutely amazing, Provides are great opportunity to get up close and personal with... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Visted during the free weekend. The butterfly heaven is the highlight. There are not that many of them, but still are worth to see. Another highlight is the insect patterned wall from a Madison artist. The rest Museum is more children oriented. The musume is a great add-on if you visit the Lincoln park area.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

A friend and I decided to stop here and check it out when we went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Although there is a lot of things to do and see for children there are also nature walks through the grounds, you can do this with one of the guides or as a self guided tour. We were not able... More

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