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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Unless otherwise noted, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum building is open 7 days a week, Sunday through Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.
Please note, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum building will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Saturday, December 25.
|Students & Seniors (60+)||$7*|
|Children under 3||Free|
|Nature Museum Members||Free|
Suggested Donation Days
We are pleased to offer Suggested Donation Days as part of our fall/winter schedule. You can view upcoming dates below.
- October 7
- October 14
- October 21
- October 28
- November 4
- November 11
- November 18
- December 2
- December 9
- December 16
- December 23
- December 30
Illinois residents can enjoy free admission during these Suggested Donation Days, or support us with a $10 suggested household donation at the time of admission.
We are also happy to offer discounted admission to Illinois teachers, active military members, and more. Read on for details.
- Illinois Teachers: 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. Veterans and retired service members with ID can also 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.
What to Expect
We are structuring our reopening with responsible attention to the needs of our visitors. Given the health inequities throughout the city, as well as a lack of a vaccine for children, much of our primary audience remains unvaccinated.
As a result, we are asking our visitors, volunteers, and staff to adhere to common COVID-19 safety procedures when they are in our building, including those listed below.
- Masks are required for all guests over the age of 2, including guests who are fully vaccinated.
- Eating is permitted only in designated eating areas: Nature’s Lunchbox and the Ravine.
- Social distancing is encouraged throughout the building, during programming, and on the Museum grounds.
- High-touch programs, including Critter Connections/Animal Feedings, have been temporarily restructured.
Our decision to close our building and now to reopen were informed by science, and we will continue to follow the science throughout the pandemic. Click here for additional details about our reopening safety procedures as well as our reopening Frequently Asked Questions.
The Museum Store is open 10am-4pm every day the Nature Museum building is open.
Guests can also shop our online store and choose to have their purchases shipped to them or available for pick up at the Nature Museum from 10am to 3pm. Click here to browse our online store.
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. Stroller 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 family restroom located on the first level inside the Hands-On Habitat exhibit.
The Nature Museum is located near several CTA stops. Click here for directions to the Nature Museum.