Mingle with 1,000 Butterflies at The Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Formally known as the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's "butterfly room" never fails to awe even the most jaded adult. Who can resist outstretching an arm to coax a butterfly to alight on a fingertip? Who wouldn't marvel at the colorful little wings fluttering about the bright flowers and lush greenery?
Key Stats for the Butterfly Haven
Open since: 1999
Number of species: around 40 mostly tropical species not native to the Midwest, including South America's Blue Morphos and Asia's Rice Paper butterflies
Number of butterflies: around 1,000
First flight: at 2pm every day, museums staffers release butterflies who've newly emerged from their chrysalises for their first flight in open air
Other species: birds, turtles, and tropical flowers and trees
Habitat: a 2,700 sf greenhouse filled with lush greenery
Temperature in the room: a balmy 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit
Before you go: check the mirror to make sure no winged creatures have hitched a ride. Also the window into the chrysalis room allows visitors to examine butterflies in various states of metamorphosis.
If You Want to Visit the Butterflies with No Kids Around
The museum hosts a yoga class in the butterfly room every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.
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