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Daytrip: Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore

Did you know there is an elephant in the DeKalb County of Sycamore? Yep, it's true! He's mounted and is surrounded by dozens of other "stuffed' animals. Read on to find out where he makes his home.

Name: Midwest Museum of Natural History

Location: 425 W. State Street (Route 64) in downtown Sycamore, about 25 minutes west of St. Charles.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays, although it will be open during spring break on March 26, 2012. 

Photo by Tara Burghart.

Amenities: You can park at the meters in front of the building (they are crazy cheap), or park for free in a city lot across State Street. The museum has a coat rack in the lobby. The museum does not sell food, but if you pack a lunch or a snack, you could eat in a large room in the basement used for birthday parties and other events. There is no designated nursing area, but there are several nooks where you could breastfeed in semi-private. The lobby (where you also pay admission) features a number of cool nature- and animal-themed toys for sale. 

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