Chicago Skyscapes: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

May 18, 2010 8:33:19 AM PDT
The opening of the new 6.35 acre Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Cannon Drive in 1999 heralded new opportunities to build on the Academy's legacy of scientific inquiry, offering the public much more than dioramas and taxidermied animals. Complete with permanent exhibitions including a Butterfly Haven, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum became an interactive experience for adults and children alike.

Discover the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum- Experience a gateway to the natural world. Get your hands wet as you learn about Chicago's waterways and the organisms that reside within them. Touch live animals found in Illinois wetlands. Let your imagination run wild as you walk among Wilderness Walk and our restored native prairie. Escape to a Haven fluttering with exotic butterflies and stunning bird species. The possibilities for fun and learning are endless at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Fact 1: Installed in two parts, first in 2002; second in 2003

Fact 2: The green rooftop is a combined 7,400 square feet

Fact 3: Solar panels on the roof generate electricity used by the museum below

Fact 4: Green roof reduces the volume of storm water runoff that leads to pollutants

Fact 5: Home to a variety of animal and insect species, including geese, bees, butterflies, grasshoppers and dragonflies

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive