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Nature museum in ideal Lincoln Park setting
The location of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, along Lincoln Park’s North Pond, is ideal. Its $31-million, 73,000sq ft (6,600sq m) building is grand. And the fanfare that greeted its opening in 1999 was enormous.
Still, the Notebaert Nature Museum is a bit of a disappointment, due chiefly to the fact that few of its exhibits are as exciting as they should be. Highlights include the Extreme Green House, a mock bungalow that aims to teach kids domestic science; and the Hands-On Habitat, which aims to teach kids about how animals live. The temporary exhibitions also occasionally hit the mark. But the museum’s main selling point is the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, a glass topped space populated by over 50 species of butterfly.
The most attractive parts of the museum are the outdoor pond and walkway; these can be enjoyed for free, leaving the admission fee to be invested in a good lunch instead. For a few dollars more, it’s well worth heading to North Pond, one of Chicago’s premier eateries.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Drive, Chicago
Phone: 1-773 755 5100
Open Hours: 9am- 4.30pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat, Sun.
Price: Cost money