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Op-Ed: National Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Pavilion Special

By Leigh Goessl     Jan 21, 2013 in Lifestyle
Washington - The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. has a lot to offer. One of its exhibits, the Butterfly Pavilion is one of the amazing exhibits housed inside the museum.
The Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History is a remarkable experience. Located on the second floor, adjacent to Partners in Evolution, visitors can enter the pavilion and experience the magic of hundreds of butterflies, from all over the globe, fluttering about.
According to the Museum, over 400 butterflies (30 species) are housed in the museum at any given time. Visiting the exhibit, it is clear this is the case as when you walk in, you'll find you are surrounded by butterflies, some of which may land on you.
It's important to be careful where you walk!
Since the butterflies come from the tropics of North America, South America, Central America, Africa and Asia, the exhibit is a steady approximate 80 degrees Fahrenheit (about 26.6 Celsius). The butterflies at the Pavilion eat nectar from the many flowers, which is supplemented by fruit and sugar water.
Entry to the National Museum of Natural History is free, however, there is a cost and timed ticketed entry to visit the Butterfly Pavilion (see website for cost and Pavilion hours -Tuesdays are free!) Sunday mornings are also generally quiet in the museum and you might have opportunity to spend more time seeking out the different types of and habits of butterflies.
The museum is located down on the National Mall at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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