The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • Children's Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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. See live turtles. Meet gorgeous exotic birds. See scientists engaged in real conservation and more. With over 15 exhibits to discover, the Nature Museum is the ideal family getaway, right in Chicago!
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2-3 hours
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Maureen E
Geneva, IL48 contributions
Family
My family and friends had a great time here. We spent about 2 hours seeing the animals and playing in the interactive exhibits. The toddlers mostly enjoyed the turtles and fish, slide play area, flower building toys, and butterflies. Would definitely recommend for kids!
Written January 6, 2020
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Thank you, Maureen!
Written January 7, 2020
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jessicaclark81
Chicago, IL49 contributions
Family
We really enjoy the nature museum. The butterfly house is a must see. There is also a small indoor play area which is very helpful during inclement weather.
Written January 5, 2014
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Steve K
Chicago130 contributions
Family
My gosh I never was there till this last summer. It is quite a place to see. I know parking is a problem. Yes you can park right next door. You can take a bus or
cab to get there. Not that far away from the zoo They have a two week camp there for young kids
Written September 11, 2019
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Thank you so much, Steve!
Written September 12, 2019
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kasejason
Chicago, IL364 contributions
Couples
My wife and I had not been to this museum before so we decided to check it out on a rainy afternoon. We were pleasantly surprised to find that admission was free for Illinois residents since it was a Thursday. The museum was not very big and had two floors of exhibits. About half of these were designed specifically for young children. We felt out of place while exploring these exhibits as we do not have children of our own.

There were other parts of the museum that were intended for an older population, but these were quite wordy and somewhat lackluster. The butterfly garden was average as butterfly gardens go, and the best part of the museum was probably the outside nature parts (some of which can be accessed without paying admission to the museum).

I would not recommend this museum for older kids or people without children; it was ultimately a little boring. If you do go, try to aim for a free day in the afternoon (it wasn't too crowded after 2:00 PM). If you drive, you can park for free on Cannon Drive, and if there are no spots there, try Stockton Drive just a block to the west. Don't pay the huge fees to park in the Lincoln Park lots. If you have extra time and the weather is nice, you could also consider walking over to the Lincoln Park Zoo (south) or Diversey Miniature Golf (a bit further north).
Written June 7, 2013
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i enjoyed myself completely...my son, however, at 6 years old, was frightened by the butterfly habitat....he normally loves butterflys but three of them landed on him...he summed it up pretty well.. he said, "mom, maybe i can come back next year when i'm 7. i think i'm a little too young for this museum." it was pretty funny...
Written April 3, 2002
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alesha11
BELLEVUE14 contributions
Couples
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.
Written May 13, 2018
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Thanks for your review, Alesha11.
Written May 14, 2018
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Katie C
Xenia, OH9 contributions
Friends
A lot of people have said this museum is best for children...I must be a child at heart because it was great! It is much more affordable than many other museums in town, and you can learn a lot from walking around. I do think kids would LOVE this place. Not as much pizzaz as Science & Industry, but there are still a lot of fun things to do! The butterfly haven was the best part. It is not a huge area, but there are a lot of beautiful butterflies to observe. You can also watch them emerge from cocoons. I would recommend this to a friend.
Written July 14, 2015
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Kenji T
3 contributions
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
Written October 1, 2014
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adventuresahead
Arvada, CO232 contributions
Family
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. Be warned though, there's not really any good food options in the museum. But if you're there, might as well walk the block South to the Lincoln Park Zoo. It's free and very nice.
Written January 13, 2014
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greeneacr
Joliet, IL30 contributions
The butterflies were nice but the flowers in the display were not real but looked fairly real. So when I stuck my hand in the display to touch the fake flower the alarm went off!
Written October 17, 2012
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