Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
January 21—April 23
Various times

If you’ve been missing the fascinating and friendly bugs of spring and summer—or you have a budding entomologist in your clan—head to Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a breathtaking burst of butterflies.

Opening on January 21st in the museum’s R.P. Simmons Family Gallery, Amazing Butterflies invites kids of all ages to explore the wondrous world of nature’s remarkable Lepidoptera.

Combining the kinetic fun of a playground with hands-on, interactive learning, the experiential exhibit is opening this weekend just in time to brighten winter’s coldest months.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Did you know that butterfly fossils date way back to the Palaeocene epoch 56 million years ago? Explore all things butterflies and caterpillars—including their unique natural habitats, life cycles, large, brightly colored wings, and fluttering flight patterns—all while having fun participating in engaging activities.

Discover a surprise around each corner as you shrink down to the small size of a butterfly, take flight on an exhilarating adventure, and attempt to navigate your way through an engaging maze-like exhibition.

Kids and even their parents can climb into giant pupa pods, crawl like a caterpillar through a monarch tunnel, soar down a butterfly zip line, and fend off a hairy plant attack as blades of grass tower above.

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Amazing Butterflies is included with museum admission.

The opening celebration for Amazing Butterflies on January 21st will also feature cool butterfly-themed activities offered in conjunction the CMNH’s ongoing Super Science Series.

Flutter over to the hands-on science stations, watch a butterfly migration video in the Earth Theater, and see live butterflies being cultivated from caterpillars in Discovery Basecamp. You can even assemble your own butterfly glider, and test it out in the museum’s special “Butterfly Gliding Range” located in Botany Hall.

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Jennifer BaronEvents & Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.