Chicago Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1857 and chartered in 1865, the Chicago Academy of Sciences was guided in its early years by Robert Kennicott and William Stimpson, close collaborators of an early leader of the Smithsonian Institution. The academy, with one of the best natural history collections in America, built a museum at Wabash and Van Buren, but its exhibits, collections, and library were destroyed in the fire of 1871. The academy rebuilt and lost its building during the economic turmoil of the 1880s. Today their incomparable collection of nearly 250,000 specimens, including plants, animals, fossils, and minerals.

[Chicago Academie der Wissenschaft]