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Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden

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9th Street, between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall, Washington DC, DC 20013
+1 202-633-1000
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Well run and fun

We've been to a couple of these (at the Boston Museum of Science, the Buttonwood Zoo in New... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2016
dewong07
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
Wife love it

Interesting area full of beautiful bug....er butterflys. Fun to watch them and the attendants... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2016
Annette B
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Point Pleasant
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9th Street, between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall, Washington DC, DC 20013
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

We've been to a couple of these (at the Boston Museum of Science, the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford) and this one was on par with those experiences but having it here in DC they took more care trying to ensure no escapees or deaths...More

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Reviewed November 3, 2016

Interesting area full of beautiful bug....er butterflys. Fun to watch them and the attendants helpful in describing their activities. Costs a few bucks extra but not something you see everywhere and after all wasn't that why we are here? Take a half hour and enjoy.

Thank Annette B
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Reviewed August 25, 2016

The Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden is a garden tucked in the middle between the National Museum of Sculpture Garden and The National Museum of Natural History. The garden is very nicely designed to educate visitors about plants that attract butterflies, especially in urban areas. Learn...More

Thank Prawet J
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

This was very beautiful! Wonderful flowers and stunning butterflies. We went on Tuesday because it was free. This is a fun place for the avid photographer. This is a great exhibit for kids as long as they are respectful toward the bugs. This is located...More

1  Thank shelby s
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Reviewed June 28, 2016

Yes, the kids liked it but compared to other butterfly habitats I have visited this one fell way down to the bottom of the list. The space is small and the butterflies were not plentiful enough and some didn't even move - they seemed sick....More

1  Thank nowpacking
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Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

This is well managed with timed small groups (free on Tuesday!). The volunteers clearly care for their charges while helping you learn and experience them up close. One little boy upon leaving was sad bc a butterfly didn't land on him. So the guide brought...More

2  Thank Betsy G
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Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

You can take as much time as you want. And you should. Stand still and you'll get a lot of friends that land on your clothes. Have your camera ready!

1  Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
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Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Super small. Not at all what you'd expect. I suppose you'd have to go during the right season in order to see a variety of species of butterflies let alone any. I unfortunately didn't see anything during my walk through.

1  Thank J L
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Reviewed January 19, 2016

So so so glad my friend and I (both adults) opted to spend the extra $6 each to do this. You select a time you go in and you don't get kicked out of the small garden. There are soo many beautiful butterflies that will...More

3  Thank sail29er
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Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Was a good unexpected find in the museum. We went in and had butterfly's land on us the whole time. Staff was very informative.

2  Thank Chris K
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No ticket needed. This is a double-sidewalk sort of boulevard if you can imagine. Plants, flowers, shrubs and trees growing throughout. It goes one block north/south. If you pause to read every description the walk could... More
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