Sensational Butterflies

The Natural History Museum are staging ‘Sensational Butterflies’, an interactive exhibition that allows you to wander among hundreds of the beautiful free-flying creatures.NHM_Butterflies_3_w NHM_Butterflies_2_w

The family friendly exhibition returns for a sixth year, housed in a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the Museum’s east lawn. It takes you on a journey through the life cycle of one of nature’s most fascinating creatures – from crawling caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.

Wandering through the butterfly house, you may spot caterpillar eggs waiting to hatch, you’ll get up close to silk-like chrysalises in which caterpillars are undergoing their metamorphosis and enjoy hundreds of adult butterflies and moths taking flight around you.

Featuring species from across the globe, the enclosure offers a captivating insight into the science behind these colourful creatures and their unique life cycle. Combining interactive displays and activities, it’s a must-see exhibition that will be loved by kids and grown-ups alike.

Highlights of Sensational Butterflies include:

• an outdoor butterfly garden with tips on how to attract butterflies and create your own butterfly garden at home

• fun, interactive activities allowing you to explore fascinating butterfly facts

• the chance to watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises through the hatchery window

• a riot of colourful tropical plants in the house and garden

• tips and advice from the butterfly house manager

Dates and times: 3 April to 14 September 2014, 10.00-17.50

Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000

Admission: Adult, child and concession £5.50*, family £19*
Adult, child and concession £4.95, family £16.95

Free for Members, Patrons and children under four

Nearest tube: South Kensington

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* A voluntary donation is included in our admission ticket prices. If you are a UK taxpayer and pay the ticket price including donation, the Natural History Museum can reclaim the tax on the whole ticket price under the Gift Aid scheme. For every £100 worth of tickets sold, we can claim an extra £25 from the Government. This means you can further support the work of the Museum, at no extra cost to you.

 Sensational Butterflies © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

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