Open 362 days a year, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an accessible and affordable family destination located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.
We will be closed Monday, September 10 through Friday, September 14, for annual cleaning and maintenance. The Museum will return to normal operating hours on Saturday, September 15.
Monday through Friday
9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday
10am - 5pm
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is open every day except the first Friday in May, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
The last admission ticket is sold at 4:30pm.
• $7 for students and seniors (60+)
• $6 for children Ages 3 - 12
• Free for children under 3
Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.
Group visit discounts are available.
Illinois teachers with a school ID can receive free admission for themselves when visiting alone or with friends and/or family. Teachers visiting as part of a field trip are charged a group rate or admitted for free based on the attendance policies of their registered trip.
Blue Star Families
Active duty service members and their families can enjoy free admission year-round. Click here for additional details.
Museums for All
We are pleased to offer a discounted admission fee of $1 to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card. Museum visitors who display their EBT Card and a valid form of identification will receive a discounted admission rate of $1 per person, for up to six people in their party. Children under three are, as always, free. This admission rate is available during all normal operating hours.
Kids Museum Passports
A Kids Museum Passport is good for free on-site admission for two adults and two children. They can be checked out at Chicago Public Library branches.
Amenities & Accessibility
Coat check is available for 50¢ per item. Guests may also check a stroller in coat check.
A limited number of strollers are available for $4 upon request with a picture ID. Strollers are allowed everywhere in the Museum except for the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, where stroller parking is available near the Butterfly Haven entrance.
Mothers are welcome to nurse wherever they are comfortable within the building. Private nursing available upon request.
Wheelchairs are available to rent for no charge. We simply ask that a photo ID be left at the Front Desk upon rental.
Our passenger elevator goes to all levels of the building, including the third floor Micole Birdwalk.
All restrooms on all levels are stroller and wheelchair accessible.
The Nature Museum is located near several CTA stops. Directions to the Nature Museum can be found on the Getting to the Museum page.
A social narrative is available to prepare children for their visits and show what it's like to visit the Nature Museum. Please click here to download it as a pdf.