What You'll Get
If knowledge is power, then nature museums can provide humanity with the strength to subdue super volcanoes with one steely glance. Gain the upper hand against wily Mother Nature with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a one-year family membership to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, which is valid for two adults, any children under 18 in the same household, and caretakers (a $60 value).
Whether you love the outdoors or prefer to watch it 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 Chicago winters 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 1,000 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. The nature museum's visiting exhibitions track migrating images, such as Lost Panoramas, as they journey north to nest in photo preserves. When the weather warms up, head out to the museum's outdoor restored natural prairie and take a birdwalk to discover wildlife that flits across the city skyline.
A family membership provides a plethora of benefits, letting members partake in all the museum's natural glory. Membership includes unlimited admission for family members and caretakers, 10% off at the museum shop and café, subscription to Nature Museum News, free or discounted admission to hundreds of museums nationwide, and a foolproof butterfly disguise.
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- even jaded adults will be excited when bright yellow butterflies land on their shoulders. – Fodor's
- 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
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Must activate membership by 6/7/11, membership expires 1 year from activation date. New members only. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. 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.