Butterfly Pavilion

Set little hearts aflutter

Walkamong free-flying butterflies

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

Glimpseinto the cycle of life in the chrysalis case. Kids can see butterflies invarious stages of development, and if you’re lucky enough you may even catch abutterfly release into the Museum garden that occurs regularly throughout theyear.

Thebutterflies are active all day but enjoy the morning and afternoon light themost. While summer and spring havethe longest days, our butterflies are active all year long!

Didyou know that butterflies taste with their feet? That’s why plantingbutterfly-friendly flowers and plants is so important, so native and migratingspecies know they have a safe place to land.

In theMuseum garden you’ll find a variety of plants and flower species that you canplant in your backyard to attract butterflies, such as lantana, verbena, pentasand vinca.

All ofthese plants are easily sourced and would be a fantastic welcome forbutterflies, but remember native species are preferred when thinking aboutattracting butterflies to eat or lay their eggs. A bonus, hummingbirds love thesame plants too!

Lookfor 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 ifyou don’t have space for a garden, a small pot with these flowers will donicely too.

  • All Ages
  • Included In Admission