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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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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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Hours:
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
Description: 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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Neat place!

Took family for visit. Very kid friendly with a nice butterfly exhibit, and on the day we went, a reptile feeding. Most impressed with the bird exhibit with specimens and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
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Indiana
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261 reviews 261 reviews
156 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Took family for visit. Very kid friendly with a nice butterfly exhibit, and on the day we went, a reptile feeding. Most impressed with the bird exhibit with specimens and education.

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Dallas, TX
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60 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was a great hands-on nature museum. The butterfly house was fabulous and every single room has hands on experiences. I would highly recommend this museum for any toddlers and up. I visited because it was part of the ASTC passport program and boy was I surprised. I went with decent expectations, but it by far exceeded them. You can... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A friend living near the museum suggested a visit and we were so glad we did! We became members because hope to visit again and the rates were better that way. The place had our attention, and our kids', for nearly 3 hours. Can't wait to visit when the outdoor gardens are accessible!

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Lakewood, IL
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Very affordable and easy to get to. Get there early for free parking right in front of the entrance. The staff is amazing, super friendly and enthusiastic! River exhibit was fun, loved the little birds in the butterfly exhibit. I would recommend you bring your lunch as the "café" is a small fridge with a couple of sandwiches and a... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Nice destination for young children under 10. Parking was not bad on a Sunday for free near entrance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem is a treasure located just steps from Lincoln Park Zoo. My son and I had planned to spend the day at the zoo, but he and I are both sensitive to heat and it was one of the hottest days in Chicago, so we opted to check out the nature museum instead. We were amazed!... More 

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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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461 helpful votes 461 helpful votes
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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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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