Magic Wings Butterfly House

Indoor Exhibit
Opens at 10:00 am
Year-Round

One of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast, Magic Wings Butterfly House features a 35-foot tall glass conservatory where guests of all ages can enjoy a total immersion experience surrounded by hundreds of tropical butterflies in a lush rainforest environment. One of the Museum’s most popular exhibits, Magic Wings is also home to the Bayer Insectarium featuring a rare assortment of exotic insects and invertebrates from around the globe. 

Join us for daily butterfly releases and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily. See daily butterfly release times here.


A close up shot of a red and black butterfly

Butterfly Collection

There are over 50 different species of butterflies in Magic Wings and they are all world travelers! Grab one of our Butterfly Identification Guides and see if you can spot butterflies from the Philippines, Central America and more. The Museum is committed to sourcing butterflies that are sustainably farmed using practices that support and preserve tropical rainforest environments and communities.


Watch butterflies hatch from their cocoons at this special window in the Butterfly House

Mary Martha Uzzle Emerging Wonders Window

Enjoy an up-close look at the butterfly lifecycle as butterflies from around the globe emerge from their chrysalises.


A photo of two Crested Wood Partridges

Birds in the Butterfly House

In addition to butterflies, the conservatory is also home to several avian species that help naturally control pests. Crested Wood Partridges help to manage soil pests while Oriental White-Eye birds control leaf pests and ant populations.


A close up of a pink and blue tropical flower

Tropical Plants and Flowers

Magic Wings contains over 250 species of tropical plants that are known to be nectar and pollen sources for the conservatory’s hundreds of butterfly residents. Flowering Pentas and Firespikes can be found amidst unusual and even rare tropical foliage plants while fruit and spice trees like Coffee and Cacao adorn the entranceway.


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