A parent never knows what might catch their child's fancy at any given time. And that's especially true for gifted children, who tend to pursue their passions with an intensity and focus that would bring most adults (especially exhausted moms and dads who have already checked out every book from the library and listened to a series of lectures on the subject) to their knees.
If you live in New York City (or the surrounding areas) and your child's current interest happens to be butterflies, then boy, are you in luck (or not, depending on how you feel about spending every free moment in a temperature controlled room in a museum - if that's not your cup of tea, make sure your budding lepidopterist doesn't see this).
Because the butterflies are on their way back to NYC!
Or, rather, The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter, is returning to the American Museum of Natural History on October 12, 2013 and staying through May 26, 2014.
“The Butterfly Conservatory is a joyful, enchanting, and educational exhibition for both children and adults, and truly transports visitors out of their everyday lives into a magical setting teeming with color and flourishing life,” said Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History. “That’s why it’s one of our most popular exhibitions. We are proud to present this magical and beautiful exhibition that offers an instructive interactive experience and a unique opportunity to observe the diversity of nature in a re-created tropical forest environment filled with butterflies.”
Click on the butterfly drawing above or the View Photos link below to learn more about this one-of-a kind exhibit (and about a human phobia you probably knew nothing about)!
Tickets must be purchased in addition to regular admissions. General admission, which supports the Museum’s scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum’s 45 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $22 (adults) suggested, $17 (students/seniors) suggested, $12.50 (children) suggested. For more information, call 212-769-5100 or visit the Museum’s website at amnh.org.