Come wonder again at the Nature Museum starting July 8!
We are thrilled to share the news that the Nature Museum building will reopen to visitors starting Thursday, July 8. Come wonder with us again, see your favorite Museum animals and exhibits, and experience the tropical paradise of the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven.
We plan to be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10am-4pm during July and August with a return to regular hours projected for early in September. We are also structuring our plans responsibly with 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. Therefore, we will open with reduced capacity, and ask our visitors, volunteers, and staff to adhere to common Covid safety procedures when they are in our building.
We want to say thank you for supporting the Nature Museum during what has been one of the most challenging years in our institution’s 164-year history. As we remained open to the public virtually as a ‘museum without walls’, we evolved into Chicago’s leading digital museum, providing more remote learning experiences, direct support for teachers, and educational content than any other museum in the city. We are eager and excited to return to our in-person experiences complemented by our continued digital engagement.
We will finalize our plans as we receive guidance from the CDC, Illinois, and the city of Chicago, and we will be sharing full reopening plans in the coming weeks. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you receive all our updates and in the meantime, don’t forget to check out Curious By Nature on YouTube.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to wonder!