Butterfly Pavilion | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The New Butterfly Pavilion


September 16 - October 16, 2016

Experience our brand new Butterfly Pavilion! The permanent structure — located outside on the south side of the museum — features more flight space, more resting spots, and more natural light. There will be hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside, and our awesome Gallery Interpreters who can explain why these animals are so special. 


Advance tickets for weekend dates are currently sold out.  A limited amount of tickets will be available at the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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Showcase for Butterflies

The Butterfly Pavilion showcases hundreds of butterflies and the plants that surround them, an interaction that has been refined over the course of millions of years. See up close how butterflies use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar and witness caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of their transformation into adults. Various butterflies are present at different points during the season and the plants will grow and change. This means that each visit to the Butterfly Pavilion can be a different experience!

Butterflies from Near and Far


Some butterflies in the exhibit mate and lay eggs, however we regularly fill the pavilion with butterflies from all across the United States.

  • 20 species of California natives such as the monarch, mourning cloak, and buckeye
  • 10 species of subtropical varieties from south Florida and Texas, such as the malachite and the grey cracker.




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