Curated by Colombian Blanca Huertas, Natural History Museum Butterfly curator, the Sensational Butterflies exhibition welcomes visitors to experience scaly wings, strange feeding habits and many eyes. Enter their world and find out how these amazing insects sense their surroundings.
There are about 20,000 species of butterfly worldwide and more than 6 times as many species of moth. An amazing 40% of these are found in South America. However, there are many more species still undiscovered or not scientifically named yet. The Museum cares for one of the biggest and most diverse butterfly and moth collections in the world, gathered over the last 200 years. There are around 9 million butterfly and moth specimens in the collections.
As you walk through the 5 sensory zones of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch in the butterfly house, many different species of butterflies will flutter past you. Some may even land on you, so tread with care!
The exhibition is on the Museum’s front lawn and features:
- a butterfly house filled with 100s of live butterflies and moths
- spectacular swallowtails, beautiful blue morphos, massive moths and more
- 5 sensory zones exploring how butterflies see, hear, taste, smell and touch
- fun interactive activities and colourful information panels inside the house
- your own sensational butterfly chart to get stamped at sensory zones
- hatchery windows to observe emerging butterflies and pupae
- our first ever butterfly puddle where male butterflies gather to feed
- an outdoor garden with tips on how to attract butterflies at home
- great gifts for butterfly fans in our shop
Tickets: Can be purchased here.
Adult £3.50 — Child and concessions £3.50 — Family £12
Free to Members, Patrons and children aged 3 and under.
Address: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD – Telephone: 020 7942 5000