Butterfly Pavilion

Watch butterflies take flight around you in this seasonal exhibition.

Butterfly Pavilion

General Info

- $8 per person
Free for Members

Due to anticipated excessive heat, the Butterfly Pavilion will be closed on September 4 and 5 out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our staff and visitors. For those who reserved advanced tickets, please call 213.763.DINO or email info@nhm.org to learn about your options.  

Wonder takes 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.

Guests can look up-close at butterflies
Butterfly on flowers in the Butterfly Pavilion
Discover butterflies all around you in our seasonal Butterfly Pavilion
Yellow and black malachite butterfly resting on purple flower

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Butterflies resting on flowers.


  • See all stages in the butterfly life cycle, including eggs, caterpillars feeding on leaves, and chrysalises.
  • See caterpillars feeding on leaves.
  • Count up to 30 different species, including California natives like the giant swallowtail 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.