Butterflies Flutter Back to the Museum

By Montecito Journal   |   May 31, 2022
Director of Guest Experience Kim Zsembik admires a blue morpho, one of the new butterfly species included in this year’s pavilion

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – a nonprofit organization founded in 1916 – opens its popular summer exhibit Butterflies Alive! this weekend. For the first time, the exhibit will feature more than a dozen colorful tropical species from Costa Rica. Director of Guest Experience Kim Zsembik shares, “We are excited to welcome these species from Costa Rica for the first time to Butterflies Alive! We know guests will be awed when witnessing the blue morpho take flight. It’s a must-see!”

Visitors are able to walk through the garden while nearly 1,000 live butterflies flutter freely around them. The Museum recommends making reservations at sbnature.org/tickets. The exhibit is available from May 28 to September 5, is included in admission, and open Wednesday to Monday, 10 am to 5 pm. Last entry into the pavilion is at 4 pm.

Volunteer opportunities are also available at sbnature.org/volunteer. Bilingual English/Spanish speakers and those available on weekends are especially helpful. To plan your Butterflies Alive! experience, visit sbnature.org.


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