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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 #66 of 367 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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Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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187 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Attended a first birthday party here and it was a beautiful setting. Great room leading to an outdoor area. The museum brought in a turtle for the kids to get up close and personal with along with kids being able to go through the museum. Our only hiccup is that having a one year old attend the party it would... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We loved this place even though it's obviously geared towards school children's science experiences! Entry was only $7 for seniors and we both love butterfly's so enjoyed this museum immensely. My partner took lots of butterfly photos while I talked to the very helpful guide. I was surprised to see a few small birds in amongst the bushes so look... More

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