For 160 years, The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has been connecting Chicagoans to nature and science.
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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.
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Founded in 1857, the Chicago Academy of Sciences is one of America’s oldest scientific institutions.
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For 160 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences/ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has held the public trust as the oldest museum in the city, inspiring Chicagoans not just for a day, but for a lifetime.