We are excited to be hosting our annual fundraiser for education programs, the Mission Creek Soiree, on Saturday, May 18. For this special event, the Museum Backyard, Santa Barbara Gallery, Mammal Hall, and Bird Halls are temporarily closed to the public. The Museum will close early at 3:30 PM. But don't worry, there's plenty more to explore all over campus, including a sneak peek of our new dinosaur exhibit Prehistoric Forest!

Butterflies Alive! Exhibit Opening

At the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion

May 25, 2019 / 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

From May 25-September 2: Walk through a beautiful garden while nearly 1,000 live butterflies flutter freely around you. The exhibit features a dazzling variety of butterflies, from local favorites to exotic tropical varieties. Learn about the life cycle and behavior of these spectacular invertebrates while observing them up close.

Built in 2018, the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion features plants butterflies love and comfortable spots to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Its swooping steel ribs mimic the curve of a butterfly’s wings, and its sandstone face was carefully constructed from local Santa Barbara rock. Visit our facility rentals page to learn about the Pavilion as an event venue.

The exhibit is included in Museum admission.

Thanks to our generous exhibit sponsors CLU/KCLU, Museum League, Walter J. & Holly O. Thomson Foundation, and Montecito Bank & Trust.

Related Exhibition: Butterflies Alive!