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If knowledge is power, you can finally gain the upper hand against wily Mother Nature using today’s Groupon: a one-year membership to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. With today’s deal, $27 gets you a family membership with a year of free admission for two adults and any children under 18 in the same household, a $60 value. With regular admission prices at $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $6 for kids 3–12, it only takes two or three museum visits to get you more than your money’s worth of natural knowledge, beautiful artwork, and graceful wildlife. For an individual membership, see today’s side deal.
Whether you love the outdoors or prefer to watch the outdoors on TV, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will change the way you see the Midwestern prairie on your next camping trip, and revolutionize your understanding of the Chicago waterways you pass on your commute. Add a flutter of color to the sixth month of Chicago winter at the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, one of the museum’s most beloved permanent exhibitions. Housed in a 2,700-square-foot greenhouse, pools of water and tropical flora provide lush perches for more than 75 species of butterflies and birds, enough to perform musical numbers with more than a dozen Disney princesses simultaneously. Study a thousand butterfly wings to inspire your latest art project, or let their delicate flight take your imagination to new heights, like World 5, where you get Kuribo’s shoe.
Discover the mysteries of the marsh as you learn about its endangered species and spooky creatures, such as black widow spiders, water scorpions, and stick bugs. Let your ear for music and eye for design rove over the colorful plumage and melodic songs of Chicago’s birds. You’ll have something new to look forward to every time, with the Nature Museum’s visiting exhibitions. Check out Chicago artist Helen Oh’s stunning paintings and drawings of seashells, and get shark-, lion-, and penguin-eye views with footage shot by unusually visionary animals outfitted with crittercams. When the weather warms up, head out to the museum’s outdoor restored natural prairie and take a birdwalk to discover the wildlife that flits across the city skyline.
Your Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum membership will get you all of the following benefits:
- unlimited general admission
- free coat check and stroller rental
- 10% off all purchases at the museum shop and café
- 20% off shop and cafe on the first Monday of each month
- invites to exclusive members-only events
- subscriptions to Nature Museum News and the Nature Museum’s e-newsletter
- Chicago Wilderness magazine subscription discount
- free or discounted admission to hundreds of museums nationwide
- $25 off I-Go car-sharing membership fee
- discounts on summer camps, overnights, birthday parties, adult lecture series, and more
Note: You must redeem this Groupon for your membership before this Groupon’s expiration date of 2/13/10.
Centerstage Chicago loves the butterflies, Googlers give Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum four stars, and Citysearchers and Yelpers give it 4.5: > * Perhaps the most popular spot among the post-puberty crowd is the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, which is home to more than 250 species of butterflies and open year-round. In summer the 2,700-square-foot greenhouse is a relaxing retreat; in winter the splash of color offers a refreshing pick-me-up and a reminder that winter can’t last forever. – Kate Rockwood, Centerstage Chicago > * Many of the exhibits are kid-friendly, but interesting and informative for adults as well. You learn about ecosystems, wildlife, the natural world and how/why to protect the environment - its very positive, not preachy…Really an idyllic place. – Vera, Google > * …interactive, engaging exhibits…a good destination for anyone visiting Chicago with children… – bluehensfan, Citysearch
If there’s one slander that the Entertainment Lobby has tried to spread repeatedly, it’s that museums are boring, irrelevant places where no television-owning child should be forced to go. Right? Wrong. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum invites you to participate once more in the world beyond our self-made prison of glowing screens. What other steps are museums taking to remind people how cool they are?
- Allowing dinosaurs to come back to life during day, not just after-hours
- Gift shops offering new and better DNA
- Five-hour film loop about 1906 Earthquake now set to sweeping original soundtrack to Armageddon
- Spirit of St. Louis can be rented out hourly to impress Steph
- Mummy dunk tanks
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 13, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Must activate membership by 2/13/10. Members with memberships expiring within the 3-month period may use voucher for renewal. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
For 160 years, The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has been connecting Chicagoans to nature and science. Wonder is in their nature at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where there’s always something new to discover. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a family-friendly experience filled with exhibits that let visitors explore the flora, fauna, and ecology of the Great Lakes region. Bask in the warmth of the tropical Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, home to more than 1,000 fluttering butterflies. Touch a live snake, meet gorgeous and exotic birds, and even see scientists engaged in real taxidermy. With over 15 exhibits to discover, the Nature Museum is the ideal family outing.
Don’t miss the new exhibit, Birds of Paradise, where the beautiful plumage, wild dances, and wacky behaviors of the extravagant birds of New Guinea are just the beginning of the fun. Challenge your family and friends to a bird-like dance off, test your bird photography skills, play interactive games, and learn about other extreme examples of avian evolution; open for a limited time.
Learn more about all the Nature Museum has to offer, and view a calendar of our daily and special programming at naturemuseum.org.