Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat

Hi, everyone!

I am back with a very interesting place for you to visit next. Inside one of the most tourist-packed museums is a live butterfly exhibit you have to experience. So don’t let the crowds intimidate you!

The Smithosionain National Museum of Natural History houses the exhibit called, “Butterflies + Plants”. It is located on the second floor of the museum.

When we walked in, most of the room is taken up by the metal conservatory where the exotic plants and butterflies are. We walked past that to the ticket counter and waited a short time to get a free timed ticket (I emphasized free because you know I love free things).

This exhibit is pretty popular, especially among smaller children. There can be a bit of a wait before your timed session begins. We had to wait 30 min. before our session started.

At 4:15 p.m., we entered into the butterfly and plant oasis and immediately I was in shock. Not because it was breathtakingly beautiful (which it is) but because I wasn’t expecting the heat and humidity to be so high. I realized, duh…the plants and butterflies need a controlled temperature environment.

Despite the heat, we tiptoed around the pathways because butterflies are flying and landing everywhere.  I did not want to be the one attendant in our group to step on a Smithsonian Butterfly.

It was a lot of fun seeing all of the different types of butterflies. The different sizes, colors, patterns, wing spans, and speed. We were fortunate enough to see a few of the world’s largest moths (not pictured) mating in one of the nets. It was pretty cool but if one of those ever flew on me, I would pass out.

I am not quite sure but I think butterflies like the color blue because they were all over me at one point and all over a lot of other attendants that had on blue.

Keep in mind, if you don’t like things flying around you or landing on you (even your hair) don’t go inside. If you don’t want to go to the Butterflies + Plants exhibit inside, visit the Pollinator Garden outside along 9th Street. There you will see more of the plants that butterflies love and not so much of the butterflies flying closely around you.

Before we left, we had to go through an exit chamber to make sure there weren’t any butterflies latched on to our clothing, bags, or hair. Even though it would have been cool to take one of those beauties with me, they belong there.

If you attend the Butterfly + Plant exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History be sure to check out the info before going: Click Here.

The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Until next time,

Lin Alishia

[Photos below were taken throughout the day at the Hirshhorn, the Metro and Ben’s Next Door]

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