Notebaert Nature Museum Celebrates 160th Anniversary

The Notebaert Nature Museum might be a relatively new addition along the city’s lakefront, but it reminds visitors of its origins as the Chicago Academy of Sciences by offering free admission to Illinois residents this week.

The weeklong bash offers free admission all this week, then climaxes Saturday with a 160th birthday party as it lays claim to being the city’s oldest museum. Along the way, it will hold daily scavenger hunts and 2 p.m. butterfly releases in the Butterfly Haven.

And on Thursday it will throw open the vault to put some of its rarely seen specimens on display, including a roseate spoonbill and a Cooper’s hawk, just two of the 390,000 pieces in its collection. That event will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


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