The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a natural oasis in the middle of America's second largest city. This educational institution was founded in 1999 by the Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, which is known as the "First Museum in the West." This museum allows the people of Chicago and other visitors to connect with, learn about, and appreciate nature and is widely known for the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, hands-on science instruction, and nature trails.
Backstory and Context
The museum’s collections include herpetology, mammalogoy, ornithology, oology, entomology, malacology, paleontology, mineralogy, botany, photography and film, manuscripts and archives, and cultural artifacts that display contain information on different birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects, mollusks, plants, and fossils. The museum’s exhibits include Rainforest adventure, Take Flight! Alaska From Above: Photography by Mark Reed, the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, the Beecher Collections Laboratory, Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest: Photography by Amy Gulick, Rise of the 606 and its Bloomingdale Trail, Extreme Green House, Hands on Habitat, Heritage of Chicago Academy of Sciences, Istock Family Look in Lab, Micole Birdwalk, Mysteries of the Marsh, Nature’s Lunchbox, Nature Trails, Riverworks, Wilderness Walk, and Birds of Chicago.