From live native animals to nature-inspired art, from toddler-friendly play spaces to dozens of exotic butterfly species, our exhibits are sure to entertain, educate, and excite guests of all ages.
All exhibits are included with admission.
Scroll down for a list of temporary and permanent exhibits currently on display.
Dora and Diego — Let's Explore!
Beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, are now in their own exhibit for your family to explore, learn, and play along.
Featuring paintings and etchings by Renee Robbins, these dynamic images draw viewers in with bright colors and sinuous organic forms. Her artwork recombines natural elements from the microscopic to the cosmic, producing patterns that are both unusual and tantalizingly familiar.
Click here to learn more about her work.
Judy Istock Butterfly HavenThe Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is the Museum's internationally renowned signature 2,700-square-foot greenhouse. Home to more than 1,000 butterflies (40 species), the Haven is the perfect tropical retreat.
The Beauty and Wonder of Trees
Featuring photography by Jeri Love, The Beauty and Wonder of Trees explores the expansive and expressive nature of our planet’s largest and most important plant.
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The Animal House: Endangered Species
The Animal House is home to seven species that have become so rare within Illinois that many may never get the chance to see them in the wild. Find out how these endangered animals became Nature Museum residents and how scientists are working to protect and raise awareness about them.
Chicago's Youth Explorers
Discover how students of all ages are exploring the urban nature found all around us in Chicago.
Knee-high naturalists can explore the secret world of animal homes. Adventures include exploring an underground cave, a giant roped spider web and a busy beaver lodge.
Beecher Collections Laboratory
Named after the legendary former director of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, William J. Beecher, this is a place to see scientists engaged in real taxidermy of bison, skunks, coyotes and more.
Istock Family Look-in Lab
Watch as Museum scientists and volunteers care for and study the animals that comprise the Museum's Living Collection.
Splash your way through this exhibit as you discover that the only real lazy rivers are the ones you find at water parks. Rivers are nature's own flood controls and are filled with species of fish, herons, beavers and painted turtles. Interact with RiverWorks by reversing the flow of the river, turn the river into a lake, build your own dam, and even control a water turbine.
Mysteries of the Marsh
Learn about one of the most famous former marshes in the world — Chicago! Explore seven different types of wetland you can find near your home and animals that live there. Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the endangered species in Illinois are found in wetlands?
So many different environments are found in Chicago. Walk through a recreation of a prairie, savanna and dune, complete with authentic sounds and preserved animals.
Look through binoculars to see the variety of birds that surround North Pond. Listen to bird calls at interactive kiosks while enjoying views of Chicago's gorgeous skyline.
Heritage of the Chicago Academy of Sciences
Celebrate and be inspired by a snapshot of the Academy's 160-year legacy of scientific research of Chicago and the region. A mount of a porcupine, a Blanding's turtle skeleton and mammal skins are just a few of the samples on display.
Birds of Chicago
Get up close to the birds you see in your backyard and discover how to identify them by their sounds. More than 115 specimens, including the Midwest turkey, cardinal and endangered Prairie chicken are on display from the Chicago Academy of Sciences Collections. Choose which ones you want to hear by touching the screen on the interactive kiosk.
Extreme Green House
See the nature inside your house and the ecology within your walls. Take a tour with the Green family and discover the way the environment connects all of us.
At Nature's LunchBox, discover how food and nature are connected. The fascinating life cycle of food — from the farm all the way to the fork — is explained with panel displays and interactive components.
The fun continues outside the Museum walls at our largest permanent exhibition! Nature Trails is a nearly 1/3 mile trail where you'll be inspired by the abundance of nature that surrounds us, even in this urban environment.