The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an accessible and affordable family destination located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Monday through Friday
9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday
10am - 5pm
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is open every day except the first Friday in May, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
The last admission ticket is sold at 4:30pm.
• $7 for students and seniors (60+)
• $6 for children ages 3 - 12
• Free for children under 3
Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.
Group visit discounts are available.
Illinois teachers who display their school ID during check-in will receive free admission for themselves. Teachers visiting as part of a field trip are charged a group rate or admitted for free based on the attendance policies of their registered trip.
Blue Star Families
Active-duty service members with ID and their families can enjoy free admission year-round. Click here for additional details.
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.
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.