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The Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences is a place to explore science through nature and the environmellt. With hands-on exhibits and activities, the museum offers unique ways to experience the world around us. Founded in 1857, the Academy -was the first museum in Chicago.
To showcase the natural wonders of the Midwest at Chicago's oldest science museum.
Discover stalactites in an Illinois cave, hike through aprehistoric coal forest and meet live snakes face to face.
Water Works is an exhibit, classroom, and research laboratory rolled-into-one that uses the Chicago River to educate visitors about water quality and watershed conservation.
The Children's Gallery uses games, storytelling and hands-on activities to introduce basic concepts to science and natural history to young children.
Science experiments, water quality testing, puppet shows, and interactive story-telling are just a few examples of the visitor programs that take place throughout the day at the Nature Museum. Check at the front desk on the day of your visit for special activities and times.
A Children's Gallery offers hands-on learning adventures for the entire family. Don't miss the Academy's weekend nature workshops, field trips and special events. The Nature Museum presents a full series exhibits on timely environment and science topics.
What will visitors find at the Nature Museum at North Pier?
A working laboratory, an intimate play-and-learn area just for kids, exhibits that explore science and nature, and a shop with wiggly-worms and other one-of-a-kind gifts are just some of the elements that make up the Academy's Nature Museum at North Pier.
The idea? To have fun.
The benefit? To learn about science through nature and the world around us.
The Children's Gallery uses games, storytelling and hands-on activities to introduce basic concepts of science and natural history to young children. The general philosophy of the room is "please touch." Children are encouraged to "try on" a large tortoise shell for size, create a cloud in a mason jar, dig for dinosaurs on a multimedia computer, travel with Ms. Frizzle, star of the popular PBS series The Magic School Bus, and more.
Water Works is an exhibit, classroom, and research laboratory rolled into one that uses the Chicago River to educate visitors about water quality and watershed conservation. The laboratory includes a living replica of the Chicago River, a stream table, five fully-equipped water quality testing stations, and tanks featuring a variety of native species ranging from bass fish to zebra mussels. Children never tire of digging lakes and streams in the sandy bottom of the stream table and then flooding it with water to test the dynamics of floods and erosion.
The Nature Museum presents a full series exhibits on timely environmental and science topics.
The Museum Shop is a treasure trove of science and craft kits, Native American jewelry, animal puppets, brightly-colored umbrellas, children's books, and more! There is always something innovative and clever at this store, like a bird feeder that uses recycled pop bottles or a kit that enables you to grow your own garden of pizza herbs.
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