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Midwest Museum of Natural History

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


425 W. State St.Sycamore, IL 60178 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Encouraging our community's appreciation of natural history using shared experiences through collections, exhibits, and education.


Since opening in 2005, the Midwest Museum of Natural History has welcomed over 122,000 visitors to learn about the natural world through biology, geology, and anthropology. MMNH is a unique museum that features a world-class collection of mounted animals from around the world in its permanent exhibit hall, including one of the few mounted African elephants in the United States.

The Museum also features geology and anthropology exhibits, live animals, temporary exhibits, and a children’s play area. Hands-on interactive programming is the Midwest Museum’s specialty. Each year, MMNH works with 1,500 students on field trips, and over a thousand more in its general programming.


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