- Saturday - Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
We've been chosen!
The Nature Museum is one of 30 national finalists. > Learn More
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Urban gateway to Nature and Science > Learn More
Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is the perfect place to relax and watch butterflies float on the wind. > Learn More
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Experience nature and science in the heart of Chicago. > Learn More
9:00 am-10:00 am
10:00 am-11:00 am
1:00 pm-1:30 pm
2:00 pm-2:15 pm
Our Attendance keeps growing: More than 277,000 guests made 2012 our most visited year.
- Frank Mathie of ABC7 reports on the oldest Museum in Chicago, the Chicago Academy of Sciences. Steve Sullivan is on hand to highlight collections specimens such as a california condor.
- Senior curator of urban ecology, Steve Sullivan, was interviewd on WTTW's Chicago Tonight. The video includes discussion about the Academy's founding, unique collections specimens, and the year of the passenger pigeon.
- ABC7's Karen Meyer reports on the Nature Museum's "Breakfast with the Butterflies", a new program designed to introduce children with special needs to the natural world and the wonders of the Museum.
The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857 to give scientists and nature aficionados a place to study and share the specimens they collected. From this simple beginning, the Academy developed a national and international reputation for its leadership in conservation, its collection and citizen science. Dubbed the first Museum in the West, the Academy's collection has expanded to 250,000 specimens, is the definitive collection of Chicago and the region's natural history and is a valuable resource for researchers. The Academy's research restoration and conservation work directly benefit local ecology. Artifacts from the collection are featured throughout the Nature Museum, the public face of the Academy.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the citizens of Chicago.