Butterfly Pavilion

Set little hearts aflutter

Walk among free-flying butterflies 

Enter the light-filled atrium and observe the natural beauty of many winged-wonders. Species include Monarch, Gulf fritillary, white peacocks, swallowtails; tiger, zebra and Palamedes and many more whimsically-named native species.

Glimpse into the cycle of life in the chrysalis case. Kids can see butterflies in various stages of development, and if you’re lucky enough you may even catch a butterfly release into the Museum garden that occurs regularly throughout the year.

The butterflies are active all day but enjoy the morning and afternoon light the most.  While summer and spring have the longest days, our butterflies are active all year long!

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? That’s why planting butterfly-friendly flowers and plants is so important, so native and migrating species know they have a safe place to land.  

In the Museum garden you’ll find a variety of plants and flower species that you can plant in your backyard to attract butterflies, such as lantana, verbena, pentas and vinca. 

All of these plants are easily sourced and would be a fantastic welcome for butterflies, but remember native species are preferred when thinking about attracting butterflies to eat or lay their eggs. A bonus, hummingbirds love the same plants too!

Look for some of these native species to plant if you live in North Carolina: Joe-Pye-weed, butterfly weed and other milkweeds, purple coneflower, helianthus (sunflower) species, wooly mullein, asters, ox-eye daisy and black-eyed susans. Even if you don’t have space for a garden, a small pot with these flowers will do nicely too.