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Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
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Category:Zoos & Aquariums
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butterfly garden at museum of science photoThe fluttering flight of four hundred colorful butterflies and the scent of flower blossoms will welcome visitors into an unforgettable, multi-sensory experience at the Boston Museum of Science.

The butterfly exhibit focuses on the two largest groups of living organisms Ė insects and flowering plants.

Located in the Museumís Exhibit Halls, the Butterfly Garden offers a magical and relaxing respite from nearby exhibits Ė as the sound of trickling water and the warm, earthy scent of a greenhouse full of flowers and plants surrounds visitors. A skylight allows natural sunlight to enhance butterfly and plant growth for the Gardenís inhabitants.

Adults and children can enjoy walking through the gallery space with butterflies fluttering about, drinking nectar from feeding stations, and even landing on their shoulders.

Museum staff and volunteers will be on-hand, serving as naturalists and helping visitors to better understand the wide range of native and exotic butterflies, insects and plants on display. The Museumís popular Insect Zoo will be added to the Butterfly Garden, with changing displays of live insects and plants.

Visitors can explore insect and plant anatomy, insect metamorphosis, evolution, and how scientists are attempting to mimic some of their more unique features. Entrance to the Butterfly Garden will be limited to a certain number of individuals at one time to allow all visitors to enjoy the space comfortably.

Entrance to the Butterfly Garden is limited to a certain number of individuals at one time to allow all visitors to enjoy the space comfortably.

Learn more about the Museum of Science in Boston here, in our guide to visiting.

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Regular hours (except Fridays) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Every Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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Admission to the Butterfly Garden requires an additional fee ($5-6) on top of Museum Hall Admission.



Science Plaza, Boston, MA map

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  • Strollers are not allowed.

  • *Wheelchair accessible.

3-starSmall and it Costs Extra
I was expecting this garden to be much bigger - it's actually a pretty small space. It does give you some wonderful close-up experience with lots of butterflies, however 10 people can make it seem very crowded in here. I also wasn't thrilled with the fact that it costs an additional $3-4 a person to enter this, on top of the museum admission. It should really be a part of the regular exhibit halls.


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