Explore the Museum

The Philadelphia Insectarium and 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!

Looking for a whole new way to experience our collection? Click here to download the Philly Insects AR App!

Have a look around the Butterfly Pavilion! – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Philly Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion

Get lost in the 7,000 square foot tropical ecosphere, filled with live butterflies, tropical plants, a fish pond, and waterfalls! The Butterfly Pavilion is always a balmy 80 degrees!

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, cockroaches, tarantulas, and scorpions is sure to intrigue you.

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 through our in-museum see-through hive! See their constant work and the path they take to the outside world in search of plants to pollinate. Learn why these remarkable creatures 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 edible insects, our shop has loads of unique finds!

On Display

See some of what you can discover during a visit: