Dragons Alive! The Science and Culture of Reptiles opened at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Monday, February 3, A.D. 2020. The exhibit features living members of ten reptile species, including monitor lizards and bearded dragons. The Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana organized the exhibit and Build 4 Impact, Inc. produced it. The Micole Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor.
Visitors can take pictures under a Chinese parade dragon and a “life-sized” mockup of the Hungarian Horntail dragon from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. They can also see how they measure up against real reptiles such as the Komodo dragon and mythological dragons. Families can cozy up in the Dragon Reading Room, which has a collection of age-appropriate books with dragons, and seating.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum belongs to the Chicago Academy of Sciences (C.A.S.). The C.A.S. stated, “For the most curious adventurers, How to Collect a Dragon is a survey of historic and contemporary specimen-collecting practices, through the lends of the…[C.A.S.’s] fluid preservation collection. Experience a selection from our 23,260-piece wet collection of reptiles and amphibians, and learn how these specimens are helping scientists today.”
The C.A.S. has been in the Chicago Park District’s Lincoln Park for well over 100 years. In 1995, the C.A.S. vacated its headquarters (now the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Laflin Administration Building) west of the South Pond and moved into a former Chicago Park District facility it transformed into the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This southern part of Lincoln Park is in the Lincoln Park Community Area on the North Side of Chicago.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. It is located north of the Lincoln Park Conservatory (and Lincoln Park Zoo). It is north of Fullerton Avenue, west of Cannon Drive (and Diversey Harbor), and east of the North Pond (and Stockton Drive).
The address is 2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60614. The phone number is (773) 755-5100.
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