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Celebrating 160 years of science exploration and education, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the public face of the Chicago Academy of Sciences.

Founded in 1857 as Chicago’s first museum, it is dedicated to educating Chicagoans about nature and science through the preservation and display of native specimens, classroom activities, and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Today the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum continues the Academy’s tradition of nature research, conservation and education in the Midwest through participatory exhibits and programs, educational outreach and ongoing scientific activity. Its collections, due to their age and type, are among the most important in the region. The Nature Museum distinguishes itself through extensive involvement in schools and the opportunities it provides for visitors to experience nature up close.

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