January 18-26, 2018
For eleven days in January, the city’s top museums are joining together to celebrate Museum Week. Take advantage of discounted admissions, special exhibits, giveaways and more at each of the participating museums.
Visit us during Museum Week and learn to perform bizarre bird courtship dances in our new exhibit, Birds of Paradise, get a rare glimpse at Academy specimens as we “open the vault”, and learn all about our favorite animal friends at the Wild Winter Animal Showcase!
Special Events & Exhibits
Birds of Paradise Exhibit Opening
Thursday, January 18
Journey to the remote rainforests of New Guinea, land of the exotic birds-of-paradise! An elegant example of extreme evolution, birds-of-paradise show off their feathery flair during elaborate mating rituals. Behold the birds’ cinematic courtship dances, puffed-out plumage, wild calls, and wacky behaviors through video, photography, soundscapes, and displays on research and conservation.
The Bird House
Don’t miss our special exhibit, The Bird House, featuring live, loud, and beautiful macaws, stunning aracari, exotic serama chickens, and native bobwhite quails.
Opening the Vault
Thursday, January 18, 11am tp 3pm
View rarely seen specimens from our historic collection in celebration of our 161st anniversary. Learn how bird specimens from our ornithology collection inform scientific research and our knowledge of nature.
Wild Winter Animal Showcase
Saturday, January 20, 11:30am to 12:30pm
What do animals do in the winter? Join us for a Nature Museum original animal show and learn how local critters survive Chicago’s long winters. Practice your hibernation skills at activity stations and get a chance to meet some of our featured creatures up close. Warm winter fun for the whole family!
I Spy Animals in the Winter
Sunday, January 21, 11:30am to 12:30pm
Stay warm and dry inside the museum while you peer outside at North Pond through binoculars. See how many different animals you can observe, and find out what they’re up to out there in the cold.
All week: 20% off adult admission
Thursdays, January 18 & 25 – Suggested donation days for Illinois residents
$1 tickets for up to six individuals when visitors present their LINK (EBT) Card as part of Museums for All