The Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion is the home to many rare and exotic arthropods from all over the world. Our interactive exhibits, hands-on learning, and high-tech displays offer a fascinating look into the world of insects. Our exhibits offer learning opportunities for individuals from before kindergarten through grad school.
On February 24, 2017, our museum debuted a 7,000-square foot butterfly pavilion attached to the Insectarium. The pavilion, a permanent ecosphere featuring hundreds of live tropical and native butterflies, is one of the largest of its kind in North America.
Evolution at its Finest!
The Macleay’s Spectre, a large stick insect from Australia, is a fascinating example of adaption. Its camouflage makes it nearly indistinguishable from its leafy home. In addition to their incredible camouflage, their bodies contort like a scorpion’s attack pose when threatened to ward off predators, and their bodies are able to sway in the breeze, just like a leaf.
Come visit and see how many you can spot!
Amaze your students with the wild world of entomology. Our museum is filled with species from all over the planet that will delight your students with their incredible adaptations, diverse habitats, and unbelievable camouflage. Bring the pages of their science books to life with a personalized tour of the Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion!
From celebrating birthdays with customized critter cakes to getting married surrounded by thousands of floating tropical butterflies, our Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion offers a unique event space like no other in Philadelphia. Our dedicated staff will ensure your special event is handled with the utmost care and attention to detail, making your event spectacular!