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Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden

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9th Street, between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall, Washington DC, DC 20013
+1 202-633-1000
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Not fun. Very crowded, tiny, and disordered - with a price tag

There were people lined up and disappointed as they were turned away...there were no limits for... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
LDM125
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Vancouver, Canada
Hidden gem !

Had been there many times. On my last visit during our museum conference in DC, I noticed all... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2018
TrWorldTraveler
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Bloomington, Indiana
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9th Street, between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall, Washington DC, DC 20013
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+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

There were people lined up and disappointed as they were turned away...there were no limits for time or numbers shared with the crowds.

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Had been there many times. On my last visit during our museum conference in DC, I noticed all different flowers and trees. It is a must see garden specially on a nice spring or summer day. You will love it!

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

And as a special exhibit there is a charge but if you like butterflies as my grandchildren do this is a real find. Sort of walking with butterflies. Lots of fun and educational. Don't know how long it will be around so head out now

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

Whilst the Smithsonian museums are all free, certain exhibits, such as this one, are not free. This is in the Natural History Museum, which, I have to say, was not my favourite. Maybe it's because the National Air and Space Museum, which we'd been to...More

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

The line was not that long on a Spring-Saturday-morning. It is very hot inside the exhibit and if you are patient one, two or more butterflies will land on your clothing. This place is amazing for a butterfly and plant lover. Small, but amazing. Worth...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This is a super popular exhibit so go early and get tickets! If you go on Tuesdays you can bypass paying and waiting in the IMAX lines for tickets...just go to the butterfly exhibit on the second floor.

Thank David M
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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

This butterfly which is called Oeneis Bore Lives in Canada and Alaska, and is at the Smithsonian Museum. Kenneth Philip, Alaskas leading Butterfly Expert, died in 2014, leaving his entire collection to the Smithsonian Museum. Oeneis Bore has wing spans of 37 to 49mm. Females...More

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 6 June 2017

Meandering through a habitat full of varieties of plants and flowers all beautifully kept and labeled is an experience that we ought to have time for and the early June cloudy day was perfect for that. I was fortunate to have a comfortable day to...More

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

This is a paid event well worth the money for the experience. If you like butterflies this is the place for you!! There are hundreds of butterflies in a contained area for you to gaze at and wonder at. You can get great pictures if...More

Thank Leslie B
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I went here while on vacation. It's cool how it's its own environment. It's really humid but the butterflies land right on you. It's pretty amazing.

Thank Heather R
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