We are thrilled to share the news that the Nature Museum building will reopen to visitors starting Thursday, July 8. Come wonder with us again, see your favorite Museum animals and exhibits, and experience the tropical paradise of the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven.
We plan to be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10am-4pm during July and August with a return to regular hours projected for early in September. We are also structuring our plans responsibly with attention to the needs of our visitors. Given the health inequities throughout the city as well as a lack of a vaccine for children, much of our primary audience remains unvaccinated. Therefore, we will open with reduced capacity, and ask our visitors, volunteers, and staff to adhere to common Covid safety procedures when they are in our building. Click here to learn more.
Today, we’re tackling some of your common questions! First up, what do butterflies eat? We asked insect expert Allen and some of his answers might surprise you! Click here to find out what they eat.Have other questions you’d love Allen and the rest of our scientists to answer? Simply reply to this email!
What are some differences between reptiles and amphibians? While there are many differences, one of the most obvious differences is their skin! Click here to see how you can explore those differences up close through our turtle and frog activity. You can also click here to check out a related episode of Curious By Nature!
How do reptiles have babies? Do they lay eggs? Do they give birth to live young? Or is it somewhere in between? As it turns out, it depends on the reptile! Click here to learn more as we take a closer look at some of our Illinois reptile species.