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Trailside Museum of Natural History

Trailside Museum of Natural History

738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest
, IL 60305

HOURS: Mon. - Thurs.: 09:00 - 17:00
Friday: Closed -
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00
CALL:  (708) 366-6530
EMAIL(trailside.museum@cookcountyil.gov)   |     |   FACEBOOK


View and learn about live native animals, walk on winding trails through oak woodlands, and learn about the ecology and natural wonders of our local Forest Preserve at a nature program or guided walk. The Museum features an indoor children's area, educational displays about local nature, live animals such as turtles, owls and more, and an outdoor Nature Play area.

Trailside Museum is free to visit, family-friendly, and a popular destination for school field trips and scout groups.

Parking is also free, in a lot on the south side of Chicago Ave., or along the street on Thatcher Ave.



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