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Due to the weather, the Museum will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. All programs have been cancelled. Please check here for a full list, and check back for updates.

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Last Weekend To See the Butterfly Conservatory

On Exhibit posts

Don't miss it! The Butterfly Conservatory is open only for three more days—through this Memorial Day weekend.

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Aflutter with tropical butterflies that feed on the nectar of specially chosen plants inside the vivarium, the exhibition features knowledgeable volunteers who can answer much about the free-flying butterflies you'll see there. Don't be surprised, too, if you see or experience something unexpected or unusual: hidden among the dark foliage you might spot the beautiful "eye" of an owl butterfly's wing (pictured below).

Owl butterfly

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Or, a butterfly may alight on your shoulder. A chrysalis on the wall might move, as the butterfly within emerges. 

Other species you might see, among up to 500 specimens, include the Doris longwing.

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 Or the green birdwing. 

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Or a delicate, fluttering paper kite.

Paper kite butterfly


Purchase tickets to the Butterfly Conservatory.

The Butterfly Conservatory is located in the Whitney Hall of Oceanic Birds, on the Museum's second floor.

Lord & Taylor is the proud sponsor of the Butterfly Conservatory.

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