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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Excellent museum with plenty of things for children and adults

My partner had visited here years ago and was interested to see how much had change. The exhibits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Graham C
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Harare, Zimbabwe
Great Rainy Day Adventure

2-3 hrs needed to explore this museum and the gardens. The butterfly house was the best part. Kids... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
alesha11
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There's always something new to explore at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Bask in the warmth of our Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, home to more than 1,000 butterflies. Touch a live snake. Meet gorgeous exotic birds. See scientists engaged in real...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614-2874
Lincoln Park
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner had visited here years ago and was interested to see how much had change. The exhibits were well displayed in modern settings and were particularly aimed at children. While we were there there were numbers of school groups who seemed to be enjoying...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

2-3 hrs needed to explore this museum and the gardens. The butterfly house was the best part. Kids and adults will enjoy the exhibits. Pack a lunch and eat inside or out. Coffee available to purchase.

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Janelle V, Web & Social Media Manager at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Thanks for your review, Alesha11.

Reviewed May 9, 2018

Chicago has many museums and attractions. This is one of the best. It is worth your time. You will discover new things and you will have a pleasant experience.

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Janelle V, Web & Social Media Manager at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2018

Thank you so much for your review, TonicTravelAmeniti.

Reviewed April 12, 2018

Went on a brisk spring day and getting to the lakefront on a day like that is a treat in itself. Arrived just as the museum opened and street parking was already limited but still available. I came to see the butterflies and spent 3...More

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Janelle V, Web & Social Media Manager at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2018

We're so glad your first experience was such a good one! We look forward to having you back and welcoming you as a member!

Reviewed February 24, 2018

Good museum to see living salamanders, frogs and turtles. The paradise bird exhibition is also very informative and interesting (loved the superb paradise birds). Helpful staff. Fun for nature-loving adults but more targeted at children.

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Janelle V, Manager at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2018

Thanks for the review, Ruijing!

Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

Great interactive museum. Kids will love. Plenty of indoor and outdoor space for a nice, leisurely educational experience for an entire family.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

Went with a couple of small children and their parents. Midweek on a cold, snowy but sunny day,the museum was almost empty. All the better to appreciate its offerings: a new, temporary exhibit on birds of paradise which even preschoolers can enjoy as well as...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

Our first time visit to this museum was a great experience for my 4 year old and 16 month old. It was not very crowded, thus the boys had many opportunities to see turtles, frogs, fish, insects and participate in the hands on activities. The...More

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Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

This is a nice science museum, especially if you are in the area for other reasons. I would tie it in with a visit to the zoo. If you are an ATSC museum member, admission is free. Make sure you stop in to see the...More

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Reviewed October 20, 2017

Great museum for kids. We arrived shortly after 2 p.m. and the kids were still fully engaged and had more to see when it closed at 5. The prices ($9 for adults; $6 for kids) are reasonable, compared to some of the other museum options)...More

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June 24, 2018|
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Response from jlschiavone | Reviewed this property |
yes, it is indoors. The building holds several exhibits including the butterfly exhibit on the 2nd floor
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March 27, 2018|
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Response from Janelle V | Property representative |
If you find yourself pressed for time, an hour or an hour and a half should be enough time to explore the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven (you can easily spend a lot of time in there), check out the art exhibits, explore Birds... More
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Response from Raquel A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it would be ok for a winter day. Everything is inside - including the butterfly garden, which is very beautiful and worth the visit. Take a look at Exhibits page on the Museum site and look for the Butterfly Haven.
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