- 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
Spanish Through Nature Returns
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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
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The Nature Museum welcomed over 265,000 visitors in 2013.
- The Chicago Tribune's Steve Johnson named "Nature's Struggle: Survival & Extinction" as one of the best museum exhibits of 2014.
- The Chicago Tribune's Steve Johnson recently toured the Nature Museum, saying it's especially good for school kids and butterfly lovers.
- Choose Chicago included the Nature Museum in its list of "Don't Miss" Lincoln Park spots.
- Celeste Troon, Director of Living Collections, spoke with WGN-720's Amy Guth about Blanding's Turtles, the Harvest Festival, and Supper with the Snakes.
- Amy Tara Koch called the Nature Museum one of the best spots for family fun in Chicago, saying, "For science buffs, this Lincoln Park museum is paradise."
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.