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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, Illinois

2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, Illinois

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Submitted by: Ken O.

First of all.... I'm not exactly a child friendly person and I'm the first one to admit it.     Having said that, I did find this museum to be very child friendly.  Little kids seemed like they were having fun with all of the hands on exhibits.  Many of the exhibits were bilingual.  I thought that was pretty cool. The museum is very well laid out to keep everyone attention.  There's even a small play area for a little time out.  The exterior of the building is very sharp. My big question ....what's with Carrot Top in the Eww! What's Eating You? exhibit? The butterfly room was pretty cool.  The butterflies were not being any glass cases - flying through out the room.   The staff were pretty friendly.  Plan to...

Submitted by: Claudia S.

First thing is first...I'm a nanny, which means I'm lucky enough to take advantage of free days and usually can figure out the perfect time to go to museums without them being too crowded.  I loved this one! I was a little confused on how to get into the building (hey, I saw the little trails first) but once you go past the bus stop, the entrance is right there.  It's nice being greeted with a smile, and everyone I passed had one.   I checked out all of the exhibits and really enjoyed one of their current ones, Ewww! What's Eating You?   I'm a Carrot Top fan, so, that was a nice surprise.  Seriously though, it was fun and informative and the older children running around seemed to really enjoy all of the dif...

Submitted by: patricia m.

Again, a great place for the kids and family--- take an outdoor hike behind the museum an...

Submitted by: Kristen S.

This was my little secret, but I'm willing to share it with you. The Nature Museum is my favorite place in the city. For babies, kids, teenagers, and adults. You just cannot go wrong here! I go here any chance that I get. I visit with...

Submitted by: Elizabeth P.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum was by far my favorite place to visit on my trip to Chicago.  I came with my family, and though this could definitely be considered a children's museum, we had a blast (the youngest of us was 20 at the time).   It was a trek to get to the museum, but so worth it.  The price was right, and the exhibits were out of this world.  I could have stayed in the butterfly sanctuary for hours if they'd have let me.  The Chicago Herpetological Society was set up in the museum, and we all had fun holding/watching (Me: watching.  NEVER holding.) the reptiles. This place was so much fun.  It was a great way to spend a couple of hours and feel like you really learned some new things.  Would...

Submitted by: Sarah S.

I had an awesome time at this museum! As others have said, it's not a very big museum so know you can finish in a couple of hours. There are some fun things for kids to do and great interactive learning. We had a fun time on a Sunday there and got to hold snakes! Very cool! The most amazing part is of course the butterfly sanctuary. I've wanted to go to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for quite some time now to see the butterfly exhibit! I love animals, including gorgeous insects like these butterflies. To be surrounded by them was a fantastic experience. They do fly everywhere around you and can be right in front of your face, so if you don't like being surrounded by insects I don't recommend this. I coul...

Submitted by: Jessica S.

What an amazing place! The two boys I nanny for, ages 3 and 6, both LOVE coming here and can be entertained for hours. I really enjoy looking at the exhibits, my favorites thing there is a butterfly sanctuary. The view outside of Lincoln Park is beautiful as well. It's very peaceful inside PNNM. This is a really great place to kill a couple hours - you can see the entire thing in a short amount of time. Sometimes I'll just take the kids here for an hour while we're waiting for a class/activity and let them run around the kids area. My three year old LOVES the beaver costumers/beaver home downstairs and my six year old has a great time playing with the hands on water exhibit. I believe it's Mondays or Tuesday...

Submitted by: Hang T.

My first thought was "Wow! A nature museum! Gotta see that!". After I visited this place, I realized that I wasn't a big fan of nature. When we got there, I was surprised to see how small it was. It's not your typical big museum. It's really known for its butterfly exhibit. I love butterflies, but being in such close proximity with so man...

Submitted by: Anthony F.

Took my 3-year old twin cousins here while I was out visiting Chicago. EVEN THEY WERE BORED! There's really NOT much to see here. Yes they have a butterfly room but it's tiny. You...

Submitted by: Kathleen P.

If you ever doubt that miracles happen everyday...visit this museum.   The butterfly room was surreal.  Exotic and beautiful butterflies, flying freely amongst...

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