The Butterfly Pavilion At The Los Angeles Natural History Museum is now open! You have until October 16th to get in and be surrounded by the wonder of colored fluttering all around. And when the Butterflies are gone…the spiders are in, just in time for Halloween! Don’t worry, they don’t put the spiders in to eat the butterflies…I asked. Museum entomologists have stocked the new pavilion with more than 25 North American butterfly species—monarchs, queens, malachites and various longwings and swallowtails, among others—which will flutter among flowering plants inside the enclosed habitat.
NHM’s Butterfly Pavilion joins the Museum’s outdoor Nature Gardens and indoor Nature Lab where visitors have on-site opportunities to learn about insects and other species in the urban environment, and Citizen Science initiatives invite Angelenos to participate in Urban Nature Research Center studies across Los Angeles County.
If you haven’t visited the Nature Lab inside the NHM…please go. I think I even had a better time than my kids! I love learning about our backyard here in L.A. Your kids can even submit photos from their backyard discoveries to Help Our Scientists at NHM. For more info on that, Click HERE.
Back to the Butterfly Pavilion. You can see up close how butterflies “use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar and witness caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of their transformation into adults.” Various butterflies are present at different points during the season and the plants will grow and change.
This means that each visit to the Butterfly Pavilion can be a different experience!
TIP…Wear BRIGHT COLORS on the day of your visit…it’s not guaranteed, but they seem to land on people with bright colors and brimmed hats!
It is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets for this exhibit ahead of time. There will be a minimum amount of tickets at the entrance for purchase for same day.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm daily
Closed: January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day