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Two Different Attractions! This one is the free outdoor garden

First, to address the confusion here: This TripAdvisor attraction is the Outdoor, free Butterfly... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
Lexington, Kentucky
New to me inside the Natural History Museum

And as a special exhibit there is a charge but if you like butterflies as my grandchildren do this... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

First, to address the confusion here: This TripAdvisor attraction is the Outdoor, free Butterfly Pavilion garden (based on the specified address and website). There is a paid Butterfly exhibit inside the adjacent Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. To the best of my knowledge, there...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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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.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank LDM125
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!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank TrWorldTraveler
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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Chinapjs
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

Date of experience: February 2017
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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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Chiki2399
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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank David M
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

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Lisa S
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

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Helen C
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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Leslie B
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