Explore the Museum

The Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion shares its amazing collection of species from all over the world with science lovers of all ages! 

We hope you enjoy the highlights below and look forward to seeing you soon!

Philly Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion

Chrysalis Chamber

Peer into the magical world of metamorphosis! Witness the miraculous transformation from chrysalis to butterfly on the other side of the glass, mere inches away.

Philly Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion

Insects & Arachnids

See a variety of the coolest critters up close! Our impressive collection of stick insects, praying mantids, and cockroaches are sure to intrigue you.

Philly Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion

Get lost in the 7,000 square foot tropical ecosphere, filled with thousands of live  butterflies, a ferrofluid fountain, and waterfalls! Not to mention, the pavilion is always a balmy 80 degrees!

Philly Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion

Tropical Plants

Enjoy a lush tropical rain forest right here in  Philly! Experience butterflies flitting past bright pops of chenille tree flowers, otherworldly passion fruit flowers, and immense bursts of yellow lollipop flowers.

Philly Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion

Honey Bees

Come explore the busy lives of honey bees! See their constant work in the hive and the path they take to the outside world in search of plants to pollinate. Learn why they are so important to our ecosystem.

Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion Gift Shop

Gift Shop

Our gift shop is filled with special souvenirs to commemorate your day. From bug catching sets to fine jewelry to crunchy critter candy, our shop has loads of unique finds and our online shop is always open!

Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion Two-headed Snapper

Curious Critters

We like to keep things interesting at our museum! And are always adding unique additions – like our latest, the adorable two-headed baby snapper featured in the photo above. Consider becoming a member so you can visit all the time!