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Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History

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Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History

The "Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution"

Chip Clark/Smithsonian Institution

The butterfly pavilion and exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History is an attraction that the whole family will enjoy. Visitors will be greeted by hundreds of butterflies as they stroll through the tropical setting that the pavilion offers. This is an unforgettable interactive experience that your children will love and an opportunity to get up close and personal with the many colorful and flighty butterflies who call the pavilion home. Species include Clippers, Morphos, owls, grey pansies, common sailors, blue glassy tigers, monarchs, tree nymphs, birdwings, queens, sunset moths, julias and many more.

Insider Tips

This is a popular exhibit so there are a few things you can do to make your trip a little easier.

  • The pavilion can accommodate up to 35 people at a time. Buy tickets in advance. Purchase tickets in advance online at http://butterflies.si.edu/ or by phone at (202) 633-4629.
  • Ticket holders are admitted into the Pavilion every 15 minutes, so give yourself plenty of time to get there because it won’t take long to miss your entry time.
  • No strollers.
  • Parking for the National Museum of Natural History can be a challenge, so take the metro if you can. [/il]

    Tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion.

    Purchase tickets before arrival to avoid sold out time-slots. They are also available at the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Price per ticket:
    Adults $6
    Seniors $5.50 (60+)
    Children $5 (2 to 12)
    Members $5 (available by phone or at box office)
    Groups $4.50 (10 or more, advance purchase by phone; 1 free ticket for every 20).
    Groups $5 (10 or more, no advance reservations; no free tickets).

    Tuesdays - no charge - but FREE TIMED-ENTRY TICKETS ARE REQUIRED and are available at the Butterfly Pavilion Box Office each Tuesday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

    General Museum Information

    The museum is open every day of the year except December 25. Regular hours: 10:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

    Address: The museum is located at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW in Washington, D.C. 20560

    Website: http://www.mnh.si.edu/visit/

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