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Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History

February 5, 2012

 

 

The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History is just about the most fun thing to do to rid your winter blues. Thousands of different butterflies from all over the globe live in an 80°F glass conservatory within the museum for you to discover. The museum keeps the insects at all stages of their lives. You can see pupae shipped from butterfly farms in Florida, just hatched butterflies, and mature adult butterflies zinging around the plants. The volunteers are especially knowledgable and can tell you all about what you’re seeing from how butterflies have tiny velcro-like claws (this is how they “stick” to glass) to giving you a magnifying glass to see their proboscis tongue dip into a flower to get nectar. If you stand still for long enough and wear a brightly colored shirt they will certainly come to rest on your outstretched hand. Some people even had butterflies on their head!

The American Museum of Natural History is open daily, 10:00 am-5:45 pm. Admission to the conservatory is every 15 minutes and you can stay in their as long as you like (dress lightly because it’s very warm and humid in there!). Tickets are $25 for adults and $14.5o for children. You can buy tickets in advance online here.

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