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Butterfly Pavilion is closed today 11/26 for Thanksgiving! We'll reopen for normal hours on Friday!

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First Entry 9:00 am
Last Entry 4:00 pm
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Today's Hours
First Entry 9:00 am
Last Entry 4:00 pm

Visitor Information

Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world. Our immersive exhibits provide guests the opportunity to discover the wonders of nature's hidden heroes through hands on, interactive experiences catered to all ages.

Tickets reservations are now open and may be reserved online only.

We are conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver off Hwy 36 at 104th Avenue at 6252 W. 104th Avenue Westminster, CO 80020.

COVID-19 Preparedness

When you’re ready to visit, Butterfly Pavilion will be here to bring the fun and engagement you and your loved ones have been missing, while ensuring your health and safety. We’ve been granted an operating variance by the State of Colorado that allows us to admit 20 guests every 20 minutes, based on the size of our facility and our ability to provide social distancing. For more on our variance, please visit the State of Colorado’s COVID dashboard (https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial-dashboard). This re-designed experience provides exclusive access to live animals, invertebrate experts and the inspiration that comes from exploring the diversity of nature’s hidden heroes.

Below you will find the details of the new experience and instructions for buying tickets. For more information on the items below, please see our Frequently Asked Questions

Timed Exhibit Entry 

To ensure social distancing in exhibits, Butterfly Pavilion will be offering timed tickets. There are several details to note before purchasing tickets: 

  • Ticket reservations must be reserved online prior to arrival. Guests will not be able to reserve tickets at the Front Desk. 
  • Guests should get in line at their scheduled entry time. Please do not get in line prior to your scheduled time. 
  • All guests ages 3 and above will be required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose in the facility. Masks will be available for purchase for $5 each at the Front Desk if you do not already have one.

For ticket reservations:

  • General Admission will be $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (65+), $9 for children (ages 2 – 12) and free for children under age 2. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Click here to get General Admission tickets. 
  • Members will continue to receive free admission and must log in to their account to reserve their spot. 
  • Discounted Tickets: Explorer Pass holders will continue to receive $2 admission per person for up to 10 people. Guests may also continue to use free passes for General Admission. In either of these two circumstances, please call 303-469-5441 to reserve your tickets. Butterfly Pavilion will not be offering any other admission discounts at this time. 

Click here to reserve your tickets.

Once inside, your group will be led by exhibit staff through the facility.

Health and Safety Measures 

Butterfly Pavilion is taking several steps to ensure a safe environment: 

  • All staff and guests ages 3 and above are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose in the facility. Masks will be available for purchase for $5 each at the front desk at check-in if you do not already have one. 
  • All staff will conduct frequent hand-washing, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wear gloves when necessary. Hand sanitizing stations and sinks in the public restroom will also be available for guest use. 
  • All facility areas will be sanitized hourly throughout the day by our custodial team. In addition, exhibit staff will also have sanitation supplies to do additional cleaning as needed.
  • Guests will not be able to hold Rosie the tarantula or dig for worms in the Dugout. However, guests will be able to touch aquatic animals in Water’s Edge and Rosie will be on exhibit for guest viewing. 

We ask that you do not visit the facility if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • You have come into close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who has a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days. 
  • You have a fever (greater than 100.4 F or 38.0 C) or symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or sore throat. 

All health and safety measures have been designed to meet requirements set by the State of Colorado and Jefferson County Public Health.

Hours of Operation

Due to new health and safety requirements, Butterfly Pavilion is now open seven days a week year round from 9 am – 4:00 pm. Tickets must be reserved online prior to arrival.

We are closed on the fourth Thursday of November (Thanksgiving Day) and December 25th (Christmas Day).

We close early on December 24th (Christmas Eve) with last entrance at 12:00 pm, closing at 1 pm, and on December 31st (New Year’s Eve) with last entrance at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm.

We open late on January 1st (New Years Day) with first entrance at 11 am.

Photography Policy

Click here to view our photography policy.

 

Exhibits

Live Chrysalis Camera

See butterflies as they emerge in Butterfly Pavilion’s Wings of the Tropics!

Colorado Backyard

Butterfly Pavilion's newest interactive exhibit connects guests to the rich and diverse life that surrounds us, and inspires a greater commitment to conserve all of our natural treasures in Colorado and beyond.

Wings of the Tropics

Walk among free-flying butterflies in a tropical paradise.

Crawl-A-See-Em

Transport yourself to the Crawl-A-See-Em, home of Rosie the tarantula and other small wonders! Explore and learn about dozens of species of arthropods. Sharpen your observation skills as you discover animals hidden in their native habitats.

Water’s Edge

Explore the incredible diversity of underwater invertebrates.

Outdoor Gardens & Nature Trails

Explore the lifecycle of a Colorado ecosystem.

Daily Programs & Showtimes

There’s always something new to discover at Butterfly Pavilion! Join Butterfly Pavilion’s interpretive specialists to learn more about the amazing plants and animals at the zoo. Daily programs can include feeding demonstrations, animal encounters, guided tours, and interactive presentations.

Upcoming Events

An Octopus Occasion At Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion has welcomed a new 8-armed friend to our Water’s Edge exhibit. To celebrate, we are releasing special tickets that come with a huggable octopus plushie and giving our cephalopod friend a new name with your help!

Colorado Backyard Exhibit & Play Area is Reopening!

For Members: November 2nd | For General Public: November 7th
We are excited to safely re-open our Colorado Backyard exhibit and play area to our members beginning on November 2nd and to the general public on November 7th!
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Fall Pollinator Plant Sale

Bring nature and fun to your home with a Butterfly Pavilion Pollinator Plants available in the Gift Shop.
Make Monarch Magic in your backyard! The best way to add habitat for migrating monarch butterflies and other pollinators is to have the right plants they need for food and shelter.