Meet all of the animals that call the Nature Museum home! Get to know our turtles, snakes, and more through this interactive program. Learn where they live, what they eat, and what they do to survive life in the wild.
Watch swallowtails, longwings, and more take flight for the very first time! Learn all about their journey to the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and their amazing life cycle. Then, welcome our newly-emerged butterflies and moths to their new home and watch them fly for the first time.
Do you ever wonder how a butterfly gets its colors? Or how turtles hibernate? Do you wonder how birds know where to migrate each year? For over 160 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has served a unique role in the city of Chicago connecting children of all ages to nature and science through immersive exhibits, fun family events, important conservation research and in-depth education programs, inspiring the wonder in all of us.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago.