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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.

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Front of Museum Building

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.


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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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.

Amenities & Accessibility

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

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, where stroller parking is available near the Butterfly Haven entrance.

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


Wheelchairs are available to rent for no charge. We simply ask that a photo ID be left at the Front Desk upon rental.

Our passenger elevator goes to all levels of the building, including the third floor Micole Birdwalk.

All restrooms on all levels are stroller and wheelchair accessible.
Two all-gender, single-stall restrooms are located on the third floor near the entrance to the Micole Birdwalk. There are also single-stall family restrooms located on the first floor across from coat check, and on the second floor across from the Extreme Green House.


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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