Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution
Come See the Exhibition and Our Live Butterflies!
One Hall, Two Exhibits
Partners in Evolution—a free-admission exploration into how insects and other animals have co-evolved with plants.
Credit: Great Orange Tip butterfly (Hebomoia glaucippe) illustration by Vichai Malikul.
The Butterfly Pavilion—a fee-based, live butterfly experience.
Partners in Evolution
Discover how natural selection has shaped animals and plants together through their ancient and persistent dependencies, and defenses with one another.
Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world.
Want to see more butterflies
and the plants they like?
Visit the Smithsonian Pollinator Garden (previously the Butterfly Habitat Garden) to see some of the plants that local butterflies prefer for nectar (adults) or leaves (caterpillars). If it is the right time of year, you may see some butterflies in action. This special garden is located just east of the museum, shown on the map as the green area along 9th street.
Visit https://www.gardens.si.edu/our-gardens/pollinator-garden.html to learn more.
The Butterfly Pavilion will be closed for annual maintenance from February 14th to February 23rd and will re-open on Saturday, February 24th.
Timed entry tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion.
Adults (13-59): $7.50
Seniors (60+): $7
Children(2 to 12): $6.50
Daily Hours of Operation
First timed entry: 10:15 am
Last timed entry: 5:00 pm*
* Exceptions: The Butterfly Pavilion is closed on December 25. The Butterfly Pavilion may close early due to special events. See Museum Closing Times for additional information.
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