Check out the Free Days on Thursdays in 2014 at Chicago‘s Notebaert Nature Museum. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2014 and Thursdays are free admission days, filled with exciting daily programs for the whole family. This is one popular attraction and more than 272,000 guests made last year their most visited year. So gather up the family and get there for free museum days. (click at bottom for more info). The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is open every day except the first Friday in May, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Enter a world where spiders, butterflies, and beetles take center stage as enormous robotic insect models. These creatures allow visitors to observe the often overlooked beauty and complexity of the insect world. Interactive stations and live insects compliment the exhibit and allow visitors young and old to experience bugs like never before.
The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed its River and the Land Beyond
In the late 1800s, Chicago turned heads by reversing the flow of the Chicago River, an impressive engineering feat that would forever change the city and surrounding landscape. The Lost Panoramas is Richard Cahan and Michael Williams‘ newest book featuring an amazing collection of images that document Chicago’s amazing accomplishment and its toll on the environment. The Lost Panoramas exhibit features some of the rare photographs and maps included in the newly published book.
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum inspire people to learn about and care for nature and the environment. The Academy, founded in 1857, improves the quality of life in Chicago and the region by delivering superior environmental and science education programs to students and teachers, by offering Museum exhibitions and conducting public programs that foster green living, by restoring local ecosystems and advancing scientific knowledge through collections and research. During the past 10 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences has welcomed more than 1.8 million visitors to its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The Museum provides hands-on exhibitions and programs to 70,000 students and trains and provides resources for more than 1,700 Chicago teachers in over 430 schools annually. The Museum engages visitors, especially urban dwellers, in new ways to connect with and preserve the natural world through a unique indoor/outdoor experience. It is one of the city’s best examples of eco-friendly building technology with lush outdoor nature trails and habitat, green roof, rain barrels and solar panels.