I am approaching my second year of working at the Nature Museum and through my journey I have come upon unexpected discoveries, both personally and professionally. When I first graduated […]
Where do museum collections come from?
Happy birthday to us! We’re celebrating 165 years of nature and science in this week’s episode of Curious By Nature! Join assistant collections manager Jessica for a look back at our history, how […]
Take a virtual walk with us
As we close out our Founders Week celebration, we want to invite you on a virtual nature walk through The Grove. Robert Kennicott, a 19th century naturalist and one of our first museum […]
Feasting on Feathers: What’s Eating Your Stuff?
If you visited the Nature Museum in 2011, there’s a good chance you walked through our exhibition titled Feasting on Feathers, exploring the damage pests can do to museum collections […]
What is Entomology? Our Insect Collection
We’re continuing our 164th birthday celebration! Today, we’re opening the vault to get a behind-the-scenes look at our entomology collection and more. Click the video above to watch insect expert Allen showcase some […]
Welcome to Founders Week!
The Chicago Academy of Sciences was officially founded on January 13, 1857. That means we’re celebrating our 164th birthday this week! While we can’t celebrate this milestone in person with all […]
The Office That Started It All: A Closer Look at Dr. Edmund Andrews
Last week we celebrated our 158th birthday, this week we’re recognizing one of the founder who made it all possible. Dr. Edmund Andrews died on this day in 1904. Andrews was […]
Founder’s Week Celebration 2015
We are having a party this week! The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded on January 13, 1857 and was the first science museum in Chicago. Our collections served as […]
Founder’s Week: Then and Now – Re-Using Display Mounts
The display mounts on exhibit at the Nature Museum almost all come from previous exhibits and dioramas that were on display in the Matthew Laflin Memorial Building. Good taxidermy creates […]
Who are the Founders?
In 1856 a group of like-minded men enthusiastic about the natural sciences began to meet in Chicago. The original group consisted of Dr. James V.Z. Blaney, Dr. Nathan S. Davis, […]