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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Lincoln Park
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Address: 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614-2874
Phone Number: 773 755 5100
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Cheap and delightful

I love taking my young son to Chicago whenever we have the chance, but a trip typically involves debating how many big museums we can afford to visit, at maybe $50 a pop for the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jeannine V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love taking my young son to Chicago whenever we have the chance, but a trip typically involves debating how many big museums we can afford to visit, at maybe $50 a pop for the two of us; and whether we have time to do enough to make a CityPass worth the price. A cab driver told us about the... More 

Thank Jeannine V
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The nature museum is an excellent place to take kids. It is not overly large and not crowded. The spectacular butterfly room is worth the modest admission price. Birds and butterflies circle all around. There is water play to learn about the ecology of water and a big selection of taxidermy animals.

Thank RyanLChicago
Sutton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this museum with my husband and two boys ages 8 and 6. It's a little smaller than I expected but my boys loved it. There was an exhibit on weather and there were TVs that you could practice being a weather person. The whole family enjoyed this and was the favorite. They have a big butterfly exhibit as... More 

Thank Dotty G
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

I grew up going to the Academy of sciences museum so was a little dubious to see its 21st century iteration. Boy was I impressed. While it includes many exhibits and artifacts from the historic building it also has aloft pf what the old location lacked, namely living animals. And this place has them in spades. If you are a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

good one for younger school level visitors , interesting to be watching nature walk like and flying insects like butterflies !

Thank sukhi504
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

A neat little museum that is walking distance to the Lincoln Park zoo. The butterfly walk-through exhibit is fantastic. This is really geared toward younger elementary kids.

Thank momsj23
Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful and informative museum! It is truly a gem! The various children's areas were delightful and the wonderfully designed "nature tunnels", complete with sound effects, delighted both my 2 year old grandson and myself! I highly recommend this!

Thank Mary Jo L
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

This museum is generally more aimed towards children, but I found some interesting stuff to look at. I spent most of my time at the butterfly sanctuary, which was like paradise. You won't spend too much time here, but if you have kids I'd suggest you stop by here.

Thank Antoni S
Kingsport, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

This museum is kid friendly but isn't the best for older teens or adults. It doesn't take a large amount of time to go around but the butterfly exhibit is very interesting

Thank Omegawolf
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

We love to come here, even as the kids got older, they love to visit the butterfly room! Simply fascinating! Wear something colorful and they will land on you! if you have a Chicago library card, they have discount passes available at times, and that is when we go.

Thank CheesecakeChick

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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.
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