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Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum



Enjoy a perfect family experience at the Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies exhibition this summer. 

Learn About the Life of Butterflies

Come face to face with hundreds of free-flying butterflies and moths, and find out about the surprising life these curious creatures lead as you wander through a butterfly jungle. 

Watch as adult butterflies flutter above your head, search for a munching caterpillar, and if you are very lucky you might even see a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis.

What to See at Sensational Butterflies

You’ll find more butterflies than ever before at the Natural History Museum this summer, with butterflies and moths on show from as far afield as Africa, Asia and America.

Look out for the many different colours as they spread their wings, study them as they eat at the feeding station, and spot the difference between butterflies and moths.

Seven Sensational Butterfly Facts

  1. A butterfly's eyes can see more colours than ours can.
  2. Butterflies can feel their way around using their body hair.
  1. A butterfly's bendy antennae are actually a kind of nose.
  1. Some butterflies sense sound using a tiny, funnel-shaped “ear” on the underside of their wings.
  1. While we have 640-850 muscles, caterpillars have about 4,000.
  1. Butterflies can sense stormy weather hours before it arrives.
  1. Butterflies don't eat like us - they get energy from sucking up sugary liquids.

Find out more fascinating facts at Sensational Butterflies. Open daily 10.00-17.50 (last entry 17.15). Book your tickets below.



Adult Ticket: £5.85 to £6.50 (USD7.66) per ticket
Child Ticket: £5.85 to £6.50 (USD7.66) per ticket
Family Ticket: £19.80 to £22.00 (USD25.92) per ticket

Venue Details & Map

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
+44 (0)20 7942 5000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington Train: Victoria/Paddington. Either use pedestrian tunnel from South Kensington station and exit where signposted or walk up Exhibition Road and cross Cromwell Road to locate museum.

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