Live butterfly exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum

Date Posted: 27/01/2014

Interactive exhibition, Sensational Butterflies, will run at the Natural History Museum in London from 2nd April to 14th September, marking its sixth year at the museum.

Sensational Butterflies allows school groups to wander among hundreds of free-flying butterflies housed in a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the museum’s east lawn.

Children will learn all about the life cycle of these creatures, from spotting caterpillar eggs waiting to hatch to getting up close to chrysalises.

Featuring species from across the globe, the enclosure combines interactive displays with activities for school groups to participate in.

Highlights of Sensational Butterflies include:

•    An outdoor butterfly garden with tips on how to attract butterflies and create your own butterfly garden at home.
•    Interactive activities allowing you to explore fascinating butterfly facts.
•    The chance to watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises through the hatchery window.
•    Tips and advice from the butterfly house manager.

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Photo credit: Sensational Butterflies © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London.

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