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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 #60 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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West Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
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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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88 helpful votes 88 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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59 reviews 59 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

During Spring Break of this year my sister decided to bring out my nephew, aged 11, for a visit. I had never been to this nature center before, but my sister is obsessed with butterflies, so I decided this might be addition to her itinerary. The bulk of the museum is really geared toward smaller children It features a "water... More

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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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21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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