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At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, we believe that nature and science should be available to everyone. We strive to provide an accessible museum experience for all guests.

Read on for information about available accommodations, general resources, and more information on making a request.

Plan Your Visit

Parking and Transportation

A limited number of wheelchair accessible parking spots are located near the front entrance on Cannon Drive. If you are driving and would like to drop off a passenger, you may use the bus turnaround near our front entrance.The Nature Museum is also located near several CTA stops. More information can be found on the Getting to the Museum page.

Entry

All guests should enter through the front entrance located on Cannon Drive. The entrance is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with activation push buttons.

Personal Care Partners

Visitors with severe disabilities may be accompanied by paid personal care partners at no additional cost during their visit to the Nature Museum. This applies to all ticketed events, admission, and special events that the visitor is attending. This also applies to membership, complimentary admission, and group sales.

Amenities

Quiet Room

Guests requiring a private space may make that request at the front desk. A quiet room is available upon request on a first come first serve basis, with limited availability Monday through Friday. Nursing mothers may request this private space. They are also welcome to nurse wherever they are comfortable within the building.

Elevators/Stairs

All exhibits and levels are accessible to wheelchair-users and visitors who need to avoid stairs. Our passenger elevator is wheelchair, walker, and stroller accessible.

General Resources

American Sign Language Interpreters

American Sign Language interpreters can be arranged at no additional charge for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. We request two weeks’ notice to make arrangements. To request this service, please contact us by emailing access@naturemuseum.org.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices may be arranged at no additional charge for guests who are hard of hearing. We request two weeks’ notice to make arrangements. To request this service, please contact us by emailing access@naturemuseum.org.

Accessible Restrooms

All restrooms on all levels are stroller and wheelchair accessible. Restrooms equipped with child changing tables are located on all three levels.

All-gender, single-occupancy restrooms are located on all three levels. Gendered, multi-stall restrooms are located on levels one and two. There is also a single-occupancy family restroom located on level one in the Hands-On Habitat exhibit.

All-gender restrooms are available for anyone who prefers a single-occupancy restroom including individuals, guardians and children, and guests that require assistance from a personal care partner.

Wheelchairs

If a guest would like to request a wheelchair, a limited number of wheelchairs are available to rent for no charge. We simply ask that a photo ID be left at the front desk upon rental.

Service Animals

Service animalsanimals who have been individually trained to work or perform tasks for people with disabilitiesare always welcome at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The Nature Museum is home to many animals. We also bring in guest animals for special events and programming. For the health and safety of your animal and ours, service animals may be restricted from certain areas of the museum.

For the health and safety of your animal and ours, emotional support/comfort/therapy animals and pets are not permitted within the Nature Museum.

Social Narrative

Designed for children on the Autism Spectrum and with sensory processing disorders, the Social Narrative is an appropriate resource for all children curious about what to expect from a typical visit to the Nature Museum. Click here to download it.

Visitor Guides and Maps

Visitor guides are available from the front desk and throughout the museum.

An English map of the Nature Museum may be downloaded here. A Spanish version may also be downloaded here.

Our outdoor Nature Trails are open year-round. An accessible map of the outdoor grounds may be downloaded here, or checked out from the front desk.



Questions? Want to request an accommodation not listed here? Contact us at access@naturemuseum.org.

 
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