Chicago has some amazing choices when it comes to museums. Visiting the museum campus downtown is always a good idea, but there are also some lesser known museums in Chicago and the surrounding area that are just as amazing!
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is one of those hidden gems! This museum has a rich history, dating back before the Chicago fire, and aims to educate children and adults in all things related to nature and science!
Their exhibits focus on things like weather and climate change to understanding river ecosystems, and even teaching young children how to eat healthy by “eating the rainbow”. There’s something for the youngest scientists too! Young children can explore animal homes in an exhibit titled “Hands-on Habitats”. There’s truly something for everyone. The fun continues outside the museum walls, too. Step outside to explore the nearly 1/3-mile trail where you’ll see that natural elements can thrive even in urban environments. The exhibits change often, so make sure to visit frequently to see what’s new.
There are special events throughout the year! Things like, “Tea with Turtles” will excite your children and inspire them to love nature from a young age. The museum also has an extensive team or researchers who make it their quest to preserve and conserve the natural elements that surround us.
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