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Live Butterflies

Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution

Learn about ways in which butterflies and other animals have evolved, adapted, and diversified together with their plant partners over tens of millions of years. The activities in this guide explore the processes and patterns of evolution as illustrated in the exhibit itself.

The guide is written for 8th grade reading level but can be used by younger children in the company of an adult. A list of Web resources on butterflies, geologic time and evolution is included. The guide is formatted for color printers using 8 x 14 inch paper.

Exhibition Guide  Exhibition Guide [pdf file]

 

Exhibition Guide  Butterfly Species Finder

 

Ticket Sales

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).
 
Tickets are timed-entry at 15-minute intervals, 40 tickets per interval. There must be one adult for every 10 children or students.
 
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 am.
 
Pavilion capacity is limited; it is advisable to come early to secure tickets.

Butterfly exhibit illustration

Hours of Operation:

Butterfly Pavilion Hours

Regular Hours
  First Entry: 10:15am
  Final Entry: 5:00pm*

Extended Hours
Daily, March 20 to April 20
Fridays & Saturdays,
  April 25 to May 17
Daily, May 24 to Sept 1
  First Entry: 10:15am
  Final Entry: 6:00pm*
  Exhibit Close: 6:30pm*
  Museum Close: 7:30pm*

* Exceptions: Evenings when the Museum closes early for special events. The Museum is closed on December 25.
 
See Museum Closing Times for additional information, including early closing for special events.

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Museum Regular Hours
  10:00 am-5:30 pm*

Museum Extended Hours
  10:00 am-7:30 pm*
On these dates:
Daily, March 20 to April 20
  & April 25-27
Fridays & Saturdays,
  May 2-17
Daily, May 24 to Sept 1

* Exceptions: Evenings when the Museum closes early for special events. The Museum is closed on December 25.
 
See Museum Closing Times for additional information, including early closing for special events.

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