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Butterfly

At a Glance

One Hall, Two Exhibits

Partners in Evolution—a free-admission exploration into how insects and other animals have co-evolved with plants.

The Butterfly Pavilion—a fee-based, live butterfly experience.

Partners in Evolution

Discover how natural selection has shaped animals and plants together through their ancient and persistent need to depend on, and defend themselves against one another.

Butterfly Pavilion

Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world.

Reservations are strongly recommended for the Pavilion and an admission fee applies for all days except Tuesdays.

The Butterfly Pavilion is FREE on Tuesdays, but reservations and a timed ticket are still strongly recommended. These are made onsite at the Butterfly Pavilion Box Office.

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