Amazing Butterflies in Springfield All Summer!

Amazing Butterflies at the Springfield Museums
May 25-Sept 2nd, 2013

Amazing Butterflies is an interactive maze experience that allows visitors to explore the world of the butterfly and learn the surprising challenges butterflies face every day. Each station of the maze relates to a different phase of a butterfly’s life cycle, from a caterpillar to a dormant chrysalis and finally to a mature butterfly. As visitors make their way through the maze, they will also be introduced to some of the butterfly’s enemies and the challenges they face in finding food and a mate. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Amazing Butterflies is that it is designed for both children and adults, allowing families to share in the enjoyment of learning together.

What do question marks, painted ladies, and mourning cloaks all have in common? They’re all things that can be found this summer at the Springfield Museums’ newest exhibit. And they’re all species of butterflies!

Opening on May 25th, Amazing Butterflies is an interactive and informative exhibit created for both children and adults. Created by The Natural History Museum in London in collaboration with Minotaur Mazes, Amazing Butterflies takes visitors on a maze-like journey through the lifecycle of a butterfly, following this insect from its first days as a caterpillar to its last days as a fluttering butterfly.

In conjunction with this interactive exhibit at the museums is a Butterfly House – an enclosure filled with numerous native species of live butterflies for visitors to see up close. There’s no better way to observe the colors and patterns of a butterfly’s wings than by having it land on a leaf or flower right next to you for close inspection!

On view through September 2nd, the exhibit offers a unique up-close-and-personal learning experience with live butterflies and an interactive maze.  An engaging exhibit for families and kids of all ages. Pay a visit to the museum and learn to identify some local species, the stages of their lifecycle, and adaptations that protect them from predators.  Educators will even find guided tours of the exhibit for groups of students, with interactive activities and gallery games designed to tie the exhibit to the curriculum frameworks.

The Springfield Museums are open from 10am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday and from 11am-5pm Sundays. Amazing Butterflies can be visited by purchasing an exhibit-specific ticket, available for $5 in addition to general museum admission. For more information, call 413-263-6800. The museums are located at 21 Edwards Street in Springfield.  For more information visit

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