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Butterfly Pavilion

Watch butterflies take flight around you in this seasonal exhibition.

Yellow and black malachite butterfly resting on purple flower

General Info

- $6 per person
Free for Members

Our Butterfly Pavilion is open for the season. A limited number of guests will be allowed inside the Pavilion during each reservation time slot to allow for physical distancing and ensure a safe environment for our visitors and staff. Members and other guests are required to reserve all tickets in advance for the Butterfly Pavilion, as well as parking in the NHM Car Park. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door, but entry is based on availability and entry cannot be guaranteed.

Special Member Only Mornings:  Open - 10:20 am, through May 23
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Butterflies are taking flight at the museum! Walk among beautiful butterflies in our seasonal Butterfly Pavilion. This springtime exhibition features hundreds of butterflies, colorful native plants, and plenty of natural light to help you see these creatures shimmer. With lots of flight space and a variety of resting spots, come get one of the best views in Los Angeles of these amazing insects.

Two orange butterflies resting on orange flowers

Butterflies resting on flowers.

Yellow and black malachite butterfly resting on purple flower
Person holding a magnifying glass up to a leaf to take a closer look at an insect

Borrow a magnifying glass to take a closer look.

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Butterflies resting on flowers.

Borrow a magnifying glass to take a closer look.


  • Watch butterflies use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar.
  • See caterpillars feeding on leaves.
  • Count up to 30 different species, including California natives like the mourning cloak and buckeye.
  • Chat with museum educators and live animals keepers to find out what makes these animals so special.

This exhibition includes live animals. Did you know the museum has a team of professional animal keepers on site 365 days a year? They take excellent care of all animals on exhibit at the museum, utilizing the natural history expertise of our scientists as well as our veterinarian, who advises on any medical and nutritional needs. Because even a frog needs a doctor sometimes.