Amazing Butterflies Opening at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History invites visitors to become a butterfly at a new, interactive exhibition this winter. Amazing Butterflies opens January 21 and will run through April 23, 2017. The immersive and highly interactive exhibition combines the fun of a playground with fascinating facts about one of the most interesting creatures on Earth—butterflies.

“This exhibition brings one of our most popular collections to life,” said Eric Dorfman, director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “It is an educational and fun way to learn about the lifecycle of butterflies.”

Visitors will learn about caterpillars, butterflies, and their environments as they wander through a giant maze where challenges and activities are around each corner. Tall blades of grass and giant leaves make visitors feel like they are a tiny insect in a massive outdoor landscape.

Amazing Butterflies features exciting exhibits like a butterfly zip line, a climbable spiderweb, and a giant caterpillar entry tunnel. Parents and children can play games to learn about nectar, lifecycles, and mating, and they can even climb into their own pupa pods as they make their way through the maze.

“What makes this exhibition special is that children are learning through play and interaction,” said Becca Shreckengast, director of exhibition experience at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “Amazing Butterflies is an immersive adventure that families can enjoy together.”

Programming to accompany Amazing Butterflies will pollinate all corners of the museum. Sections of the museum’s vast butterfly collections will be displayed, butterfly merchandise will be sold in the gift store, and the museum will plan special events and programs to run in tandem with the exhibition. 

Minotaur Mazes of Seattle created Amazing Butterflies with scientific input and interpretation from the Natural History Museum in London.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s run of Amazing Butterflies is sponsored by Dollar Bank and Baierl Subaru. 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of millions of objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world