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Hours, Pricing & Amenities


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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an accessible and affordable family destination located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Please note the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum remains closed until further notice. Learn more...

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Front of Museum Building

Monday through Friday

Saturday and Sunday


Child playing in RiverWorks
‌• $9 for adults
‌• $7 for students and seniors (60+)
‌• $6 for children ages 3 - 12
‌• Free for children under 3
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Veterans and retired service members with ID can enjoy free admission year-round.

Museums for All
We are pleased to offer a discounted admission fee of $1 to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card. Museum visitors who display their EBT Card and a valid form of identification will receive a discounted admission rate of $1 per person, for up to six people in their party. Children under 3 are, as always, free. This admission rate is available during all normal operating hours.

Kids Museum Passports

A Kids Museum Passport is good for free on-site admission for two adults and two children. They can be checked out at Chicago Public Library branches.


Visitors in Butterfly Haven
Coat Check
Coat check is available for 50¢ per item. Guests may also check a stroller in coat check.

Mothers are welcome to nurse wherever they are comfortable within the building.

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.

A limited number of strollers are available for $4 upon request with a picture ID. Strollers are allowed everywhere in the Museum except for the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. tSroller parking is available near the Butterfly Haven entrance.

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 the first and second level. There is also a single-occupancy famliy restroom located on the first level inside the Hands-On Habitat exhibit.

The Nature Museum is located near several CTA stops. Directions to the Nature Museum can be found on the Getting to the Museum page.

Events & Programs

Children in Nature Nuts
Many events and programs are included with the price of admission. To explore daily events, or register for a special class, program or event, visit the Event Calendar page.
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