National Museum of Natural History Announces Butterfly Spotter Membership Program

. November 9, 2012

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is launching the Butterfly Spotter Membership Program, a new $20 membership available to Washington, D.C., metropolitan area residents with an enthusiasm for butterfly-related exhibitions, programs and merchandise throughout the museum. The new program will be valid and available for purchase through March 2013. Members receive unlimited free admission to the Live Butterfly Pavilion, a ticket to see Flight of the Butterflies 3D at the Johnson IMAX Theater and a 10 percent discount at all Natural History Museum stores.

Approaching its fifth anniversary in February 2013, the Butterfly Pavilion has offered an exciting way to inspire curiosity in nearly 1 million visitors since opening in February 2008. At the Butterfly Pavilion, members can visit a warm and vibrant environment that simulates a butterfly’s native climate. The pavilion’s temperature is maintained at 80 degrees while lights shine with sunlight-like brightness and spray nozzles humidify the air between 60 and 80 percent humidity. The pavilion is home to more than 300 live butterflies that interact with a host of plant species, such as jasmine, pentas, lantana and more. A variety of butterfly species from Africa, Asia and South America live in the Pavilion, changing on a weekly basis to give visitors a unique experience to enjoy each time they explore the exhibition.

The membership will be available throughout the winter months. For a limited time, companies may purchase Butterfly Spotter Membership cards in bulk. These can be distributed among staff as a thank you, a holiday present or a congratulatory gift. To purchase a bulk order, contact the Smithsonian’s group sales office at (866) 868-7774 or visit to claim individual memberships.

Category: Natural History

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