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Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History

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Published January 13th 2010
Each butterfly starts from a tiny egg, develops into a caterpillar and eventually turns into a beautiful butterfly; it is amazing to note the difference from start to finish. If you miss seeing butterflies and want your fix of vibrant colors in the cold winter, head over to The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History where hundreds of butterflies of all shapes, sizes and colors are delighting visitors as part of the "Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter" exhibition.

The butterfly vivarium is about 1,315 square feet and is a green, thriving oasis in the middle of the city. You will experience being surrounded by approximately 500 free flying butterflies as well as learn a substantial amount about how they live and flourish. There is also a pupa display case where you can view the pupa actually emerging. It is an up close and personal experience that can take your breath away.

The exhibition first opened at the American Museum of Natural History in 1998 and has been popular ever since. It is no surprise considering that it provides visitors with an opportunity to walk through lush greenery in a warm environment as butterflies float around. Kids and adults will enjoy an experience that does not happen every day. It ends on May 31, 2010 so there is still time to visit "Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter" exhibition before it closes.
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Why? Each visit is a different experience
When: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY
Where: Daily; entrance is every 15 minutes from 10:15 am to 5 pm
Cost: Adults $24; Children 2-12 $14; Seniors/Students with ID $18
Comments
This is one of my favorite places in the city. it's so magical. You don't really get to see butterflies too often in New York, so it's always a treat to be surrounded by them.
By Meredith Deliso - senior writer
Wednesday, 4th of May @ 01:34 am
How wonderful. I love butterflies. I was surrounded by a few hundred on a Queensland Island once, which was wonderful - 500 would be amazing. There is something so gentle yet alive about butterflies.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 30th of August @ 11:06 am
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