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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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Lovely

Whilst the Smithsonian museums are all free, certain exhibits, such as this one, are not free. This... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amy B
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London, United Kingdom
I REALLY ENJOYED IT

The line was not that long on a Spring-Saturday-morning. It is very hot inside the exhibit and if... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chiki2399
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Darlington, South Carolina, United States
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9th Street, between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall, Washington DC, DC 20013
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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.

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

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

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

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 26 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
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

It's in the museum of Natural History. On the upper floor. It's pretty nice and open in the winter. There is an extra cost. My kids loved it. Worth the extra couple of bucks.

1  Thank LostALot22
Reviewed 16 November 2016

My family went on a Tuesday when it was free to walk though. Although it is fun to see the butterflies up close I wouldn’t say it would have been worth $5.00.

Thank iroamaround67801
Reviewed 7 November 2016

We've been to a couple of these (at the Boston Museum of Science, the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford) and this one was on par with those experiences but having it here in DC they took more care trying to ensure no escapees or deaths...More

Thank dewong07
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Response from Brad B | Reviewed this property |
No ticket needed. This is a double-sidewalk sort of boulevard if you can imagine. Plants, flowers, shrubs and trees growing throughout. It goes one block north/south. If you pause to read every description the walk could... More
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